RPT-Global commodity price slump sends ripples around the world
(Repeats story first issued on Oct 2)
* Commodity prices fall after long period of increases
* Rises began after surge in China's economy
* Declines follow economic slowdown in China
* Countries, companies pay price for not diversifying.
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg
TARKWA, Ghana, Oct 2 (Reuters) - In the boom times when the price of gold was soaring, Ebenezer Sam-Onuawonto had a dream job and a dollar salary many times the national average in this mining town in southwestern Ghana.
When the price fell, he lost his job as human resources chief at a mining company that closed its local operations and could only find work in a construction firm in another city, far from the house he built in Tarkwa for his wife and six children.
"I hardly see my kids now," said Sam-Onuawonto, his life changed as a result of a slump in global commodity prices whose impact is being felt around the world on currencies, companies, consumers, national economies and - potentially - governments. Continued...