However, because their values are not as high as gold, bauxite, manganese and other precious minerals, they are given less attention in society, leaving their productions to people with little or no expertise to manage.
Dubbed: “The Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety”, it was attended by participants from ACEP countries to equip them with the knowledge and skills in harnessing the low value minerals.
The training workshop fall under the three-year ACEP-European Union (EU) Development Minerals Programme that has a 13.1 million Euro Capacity Building Programme.
It is aimed at building the profile and improving the management of neglected development minerals, which include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones, and semi-precious stones.
The programme is an initiative of the ACEP Group of States, financed by the EU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which is also implementing it.
Mr William Baidoo-Ansah, a Representative of the ECOWAS Commission, said the initiative should be able to help harness potentials from such resources to build the countries.
Mr Jan van der Ploeg, the Representative of the EU, said the world saw Africa as an important player in minerals production and development and that was why the initiative was introduced to help sustain that sector.
He said neglecting the development of the minerals had closer link with the local economy, because they had the potential to generate more local jobs thus reducing poverty.