Birim Goldfields Inc.

Birim Goldfields Inc.

April 12, 2006 08:50 ET

Birim Receives Approvals for Bui District Prospecting Licenses : Nine New Prospecting Licences Advance Birim's Property in Ghana

MONTREAL, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2006) - Birim Goldfields Inc. (TSX:BGI) ("Birim" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the Minerals Commission of Ghana, the country's minerals licensing and regulatory authority, have supported Birim's application for nine Prospecting Licenses on the prospective Bui Gold Belt.

In Ghana, exploration companies are statutorily required, after satisfactorily and responsibly completing their exploration programs within the term of the license ("Reconnaissance License"), to select ground to convert to a successor license category ("Prospecting License") and to relinquish the remainder of the area. Once approved, the prospecting license enables the company to advance the properties through exploration techniques such as trenching and drill programs. Prospecting licenses have a maximum surface area allocation of 150 square kilometers, and all of Birim's current applications are of the maximum size.

Over the term of the Bui Reconnaissance License, Birim has undertaken systematic regional exploration on the 7,000 square kilometer Bui District, which entirely covered Ghana's Bui Gold Belt. The Company has successfully defined a number of regionally anomalous target areas for follow-up work and it is these areas (totalling 1,350 square kilometers) that Birim has selected and retained for conversion to Prospecting Licenses (see map at the following address:

The Minerals Commission's recommendation to the Minister of Lands, Mines and Forestry for the license conversions is based on Birim's long-standing commitment and exploration performance in Ghana and more specifically on the wealth of reconnaissance work already undertaken on the Bui District to advance the properties there within.

"The approval to convert the nine licenses, along with our already tenured four licenses, will dramatically change the face of the Bui District," says Vic King, President of Birim. "Each of the prospecting licenses will be treated as a separate concession (property) and work programs will be advanced accordingly. Drilling activity has already been previously reported at Chenchu (Tombe), Brohani/Namasa and Tinga. This brings Birim's concession portfolio on the Bui Belt to a total of thirteen separate concessions."

A tenth licence application has been accepted in principle by the Minerals Commission and its approval is subject to the satisfactory definition of the boundary position and contingent upon Ministerial approval.

Birim Goldfields Inc. is a royalty-based exploration company focused on gold exploration in Ghana and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BGI.

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