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H.E. Ricardo Mtumbuida, the High Commissioner of Mozambique in Tanzania paid a familiarization visit to the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) on 16 August 2023
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) has paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ricardo Mtumbuida, the High Commissioner of Mozambique 🇲🇿 in Tanzania 🇹🇿 in his esteemed office on today morning Thursday, 3rd July, 2023. The Director General of AMGC expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Govenment of Mazambique 🇲🇿 for fulfiling its financial commitments to the Centre, which enabled the Centre to implement its activities to its highest peak.
On Thursday 20th July 2023, the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) was honored to receive and welcome a high delegation from Kenya led by Mr. Alijah Mwangi, the Principal Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs (MIBEMA), State Department for Mining of Kenya. Mr. Alijah Mwangi, is a distinguished member of the Standing Committee of Officials of AMGC and he paid a fimilrization visit to the Centre representing the Hon. Cabinet Secretary (CS) of MIBEMA, who is currently the Chairman of the Governing Council of AMGC. The members of the delegation who accompanied the Principal Secretary were:- 1. Mr. Joe Ager, Board Chairmaon, National Mining Corporation (NMC) 2. Mr Thomas Mutwiwa, CEO of NMC 3. Mr. Peter Wachira, Board Member of NMC 4. Mr. Enoch Kipseba, Acting Director of the Geological Surveys and representative of Kenya in AMGC Board of Directors
Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to the High Commissioner H.E. Isaac Njenga. They discussed among other issues the tentative programme regarding the upcoming visit to AMGC by Hon. Salim Mvurya, Cabinet Secretary (CS) of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs of Kenya, who is the current Chairman of the Governing Council of AMGC.
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) has received 5 undergraduate students taking Bachelor of Science in Environmental Laboratory Science and Technology (BSc. ELST) from Ardhi University (ARU) in Tanzania. 🇹🇿 The students will be attending an 8-week Industrial Training in the Chemical and Environmental Department of AMGC from 17 July 2023 to 8 September 2023. The Centre has continued to offer free of charge Industrial Training programes for university students from Member States in different occasions for capacity building. The names of students from ARU are; 1. Miss. Arafa H. Mlindwa 2. Miss. Clara A. Lyimo 3. Miss. Joyce E. Lujuo 4. Miss. Redasta E. Mpwepwa 5. Miss. Witness S. Madege
the Director General of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) visited Africa Gemstones Conference Jewellery Exhibition, which took place from 10th to 14th July 2023, in Ndola, Zambia. The Association of Women in Mining in Africa (AWIMA) is a network of African women in mining, oil and gas national associations. AWIMA was created on August 19th 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya during the African Women Business Linkages Forum organised by the African Union Commission. This network of associations from the Southern, Central, Western, Eastern and Northern regions of Africa advocates for the participation, representation, leadership and inclusive empowerment of women in the extractive sector in Africa.
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid today 7th July 2023, the Saba Saba Day a familiarization visit to the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF). The Director General of the AMGC was received by Ms Latifa M. Khamis, the Director General of Tanzania 🇹🇿 Trade Development Authority.
49 Second year students from BAGAMOYO ARTS AND CULTURE COLLEGE (TaSUBa), Fine Art Department paid a one-day study visit to the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) at the Industrial Minerals Application Department (IMAD)
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) was visited by Mr. Siyabonga Makunga, Africa Manager-Sales for LECO AFRICA (PTY) LTD, South Africa. Mr. Siyabonga was accompanied by Mr. Francis Msonde, who is a LECO Representative in Tanzania.
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) through its Mineralogy, Petrology and Gemmology Department conducted one week training course on Basic Gemmology Skills for Mr. Salah Siliman Mohammed from Benghazi, Libya.
On 28th June, 2023, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ricardo Mtumbuida, the High Commissioner of Mozambique in Tanzania
On 26 June 2023, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of AMGC paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Asm Mustafa, the Charge' d'affairs of the Sudan Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid on 23 June 2023 a courtesy visit to the esteemed Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
On 23 June 2023, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Dr. Ahamada El Badaoui Mohamed Fakih, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Comoros 🇰🇲 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit yesterday 21 June 2023 to the esteemed Embassy of Angola 🇦🇴 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
On 20 June 2023, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Isaac Njenga, the Kenya High Commissioner to Tanzania
On 16 June 2023, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to AMB. HON COL (RTD) Fred Mwesigye, the Uganda High Commissioner to Tanzania
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a coutsey visit to the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) headquarter based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) has received an invitation to join International Raw Materials Observatory (INTRAW) 
Representing the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) as a member of the Advisory Board in the the AfricaMaVal Consortium Meeting June 5th - 6th 2023, Entebbe, Uganda 🇺🇬 The AfricaMaVal Project , is to build forthcoming EU and Africa business network on the whole Critical Raw Materials (CRM) value chains, to develop a strategy on the integration of identified and emerging raw materials value chains for the energy and digital transition and to assess the 100 responsible investment opportunities in Africa proposed at the end of the project.
Certificate hand out ceremony for Mrs Nammi Sruthisha, Tanzania Resident from India, who has attended a practical training course on Gemstone Characterization and Identification Techniques for two weeks starting from Monday 22 May 2023 till 02 June 2023 in Petrology, Mineralogy and Gemmology Department of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC).
Issuance of a Certificate at African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) for ISO 9001:2015 Standard, Certificate TZ20/90372 following the successful assessment and compliance to the requirements of the Quality Management System. The certificate is valid from 02 April 2023 until 02 April 2026 subject to satisfactory surveillance audits on various activities at the Centre such as laboratory services, research and development on Industrial minerals and gemstones, generation, collection, processing and dissemination of geo information, specialized training and production of ceramics. This event has been officiated today Friday 02 June 2023 by Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of AMGC and Mr. Charles Buteta, the Quality Manager/Manager of Chemical and Environmental Department.
Today Friday May 26, 2023, the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) hosted a meeting of representatives from the International Conference of Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), German Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) and Ministry of Minerals of Tanzania. The meeting discussed current challenges facing the Analytical Fingerprinting Laboratory (AFP) and various strategies for sustainability including provision of intensive training on the AFP technology. The ICGLR delegation also briefed the Director General of AMGC on the issues discussed in the 2-day workshop on Operational Planning for Analytical Fingerprint 2023-2024 which was held at Bahari Beach Hotel, Dar es Salaam - Tanzania from 24-25 May 2023. The AFP lab is hosted by AMGC under a tripartite cooperation between AMGC, ICGLR & BGR and funded by the German Government in support to the Regional Initiative against the illegal exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR).
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) through its Petrology, Mineralogy and Gemmology Department is conducting a practical training course on Gemstone Characterization and Identification Techniques for Mrs Nammi Sruthisha, Tanzania Resident from India for two weeks starting from Monday 22 May 2023 till 02 June 2023.
On 23rd May 2023, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerlas and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) welcomed newly recruited Junior Chemist (Mr. Hassan Zakrino Makonde) who will be trained by expatriates of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) to operate the Analytical Finger Print (AFP) laboratory, which is equipped with laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS) and scanning electron microscope (SEM).
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) has assigned Mr. James Mgalla as Senior Technician of Industrial Minerals Application Department (IMAD) at AMGC and issued him a Re-categorized contract for two years starting from 28th April 2023. Mr. James Mgalla is a Ceramic Designer and Decorator at the Centre for the past 13 years. On 28th April 2023 Mr. James Mgalla has submitted to the Management of the AMGC his academic credentials of having Diploma in Arts and Culture from Bagamoyo College of Arts and according to the Staff Rules and Regulation of AMGC, he has been re categorized to the level of a Senior Technician at the IMAD starting from 28th April 2023.
Visit Of The Kenya High Commissioner H.E. Isaac Njenga, The Kenya High Commissioner To Tanzania With AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) is happy to see finalization of the installation of a new Benchtop X-ray Diffraction (XRD) by WIRSAM South Africa in the Environmental and Chemical laboratories at the Centre
Ms. Janet Mortoo, a Programme Manager at the European Union (EU) Delegation in Tanzania & the East Africa Community (EAC) paid a fimilrization visit to the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) on 12th April 2023. She had a courtesy meeting with Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of AMGC, discussing AMGC’s work in Tanzania, and other member states of the Centre, future plans and possible avenues for cooperation between AMGC and the EU Delegation.
AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad participated in AMDC workshop on AFRICAN MINERALS RESOURCE CLASSIFICATION (AMREC) IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES in Windhoek Namibia during 20-22 March 2023.
The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) on 3rd March, 2023 received H.E. Ambassador Colonel (Rtd) Fred Mwesigye, the High Commissioner of Uganda in Tanzania. H.E. paid a visit to AMGC so that he could familiarize himself with mineral services provided by the Centre and at the same time to be the Guest of Honor to officiate handing over of certificates to two Ugandan professionals - Ms Molly K Bakka Male and Ms Stella Nankinga who participated in training course on Mineralogy and Gemology Analytical Techniques that started on 20th February and finished on 3rd March, 2023.
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, Director General (DG) of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid on 17th January 2023 a courtesy visit to H.E. Salim Mvurya, the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs of Kenya. The DG had a successful meeting with the CS, in his capacity the current Chairman of AMGC Governing Council. The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary for Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs and officials from the ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad participated in African Union Workshop on Harmonized Geological Information on Strategic Minerals in Africa which held at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana between 21st- 23rd February 2023.
AMGC Director General and Senior officials participated in the ICGLR-BGR Technical Workshop on Operational Planning for the New AFP Project Phase held from 31st January to 3rd February, 2023 in Bujumbura, Burundi.
AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad participated in the Launch of AMDC Phase II and the 2nd African Forum on Mining, which was co-organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) Department of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry, and Minerals (ETTIM) and the Interim Secretariat of the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) from 3rd to 4th October 2022, physically at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) delegation led by Dr. Mugyereza B. Ham accompanied with Mrs Arthemie Ndikumana visited the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) on 10 October 2022 as well as held a meeting with AMGC and Federal Institute of Geosciences (BGR), Germany as the development partner at the Centre. The meeting discussed various issues including management and technical aspects along with commercialization for the sustainability of Analytical Finger Print (AFP) Laboratory
The African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) received Mr. Maruvuko Msechu, Acting Assistant Commissioner for Local Content and Corporate Social Responsibility in Ministry of Minerals of Tanzania. Mr. Maruvuko in his capacity as the representative of Tanzania in the Board of Directors (BoD) of AMGC has attended the monthly management meeting for Septembe 2022 as well as he paid a fimilirization tour to the various technical departments of AMGC.
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ms Justina Miriti, the Charge d’affaires a.i. of Kenya High Commission to Tanzania.
On 9th May 2022, the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) received Mr. André Ufer, external consultant to the BGR project on the Analytical Fingerprint for a discussion with Director General of AMGC on the Analytical Fingerprint Laboratory hosted at the Centre.
Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Albert M. Muchanga, the Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry, and Minerals of the African Union Commission (AUC) on 04 May 2022.
H.E. Yasir Ibrahim Ali Mohammed, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) paid a familiarization visit to the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) and the AFP Lab hosted by the Centre on 6th April 2022.
Eng. Benjamin Mchwampaka, the Executive Secretary of Tanzania Chamber of Mines (TCM) accompanied by his assistant Mr. Majani Moremi paid a familiarization visit to the Centre.​ ​ Eng. Benjamin and Mr. Majani toured all the five technical departments and Analytical Finger Printing Laboratory hosted at the Centre. He commended the mineral services being provided by the Centre as well as recent development in enhancing its analytical infrastructures.
The 20th meeting of the ICGLR Audit Committee held in Bukoba, Tanzania. The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania officiated the meeting by Hon. Dr. Doto Biteko, the Minister of Minerals. The ICGLR delegation was headed by H.E. the Sudanese Ambassador Yasir Ibrahim Ali Mohammed, the Deputy Executive Secretary. The African Minerlas and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) was represented by Mr. Charles Buteta, the Quality Manager/Ag. Manager of Chemical and Environmental Department.
The Deputy Minister for Minerals of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Steven L. Kiruswa (MP) paid a familiarization visit to the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) on March 15, 2022. Hon. Dr. Steven was accompanied by his Personal Assistant Mr. Joseph Ngulumwa.
Mr. Elias Xavier Daudi, the Director General of the National Institute of Mines (INAMI) of Mozambique at the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy in Mozambique as well as a distinguished member of the AMGC Standing Committee of Officials paid a familiarization visit to the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) on 27 October 2023. Mr. Elias Daudi was accompanied by Mr. Candido Acacio S. Rangeriro, the Director General of National Directorate for Geology and Mines of Mozambique. The two top officials were received and welcomed by Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of AMGC.

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10th Mozambique Mining, and Energy conference and exhibition – MMEC 2024.

The AMGC through The Director General received an invitation to speak and participate at the 10th Mozambique Mining, and Energy conference and exhibition –MMEC 2024. 17th to 18th April 2024, Maputo, Mozambique.

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Regional and Country Level Training Workshops on Geo-data Digitization and Mapping of Development Minerals

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme was a three-year, €13.1 million capacity building program of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by UNDP. The aim of the programme was to promote the sustainable development of industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme supports the capacity development of key stakeholders in the sector such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders including small-scale mining enterprises, construction companies, mining and quarrying associations; as well as training centres, universities, civil society organizations and community groups.


Geoscience Data Compilation Eastern and Sourthen Africa (GEODESA)

Priogeodesar to the start of the GEODESA project it was observed that “the accessibility of existing (geoscientific) data on the nature and the extent of the mineral resources of the region, as well as the capacity to study them, were extremely limited” (quote from the Financing Agreement, 1993). This constituted a major constraint to the development of the mineral sector and of the national and regional economies.
In 1994 the European Commission signed a Financing Agreement with 13 ACP States in the region to provide technical assistance, using the 7th European Development Fund (EDF). Under the agreement two parallel components of technical assistance were anticipated. One of these was a data-component, later to be called the GEODESA project (Geoscience data compilation in Eastern and Southern Africa), which was to address the accessibility of geo-data. The GEODESA project started in July 1996. The project’s main objective was to assist the Geological Survey Organizations (GSO’s) of a group of 13 countries in the region in managing and upgrading their existing geoscience data.
The governments of the 13 countries involved had already organized themselves in two different regional organizations related to the mineral sector: the Southern and Eastern African Mineral Centre, SEAMIC (based in Dar es Salaam but at that time still known as ESAMRDC), and SADC-MCU (based in Lusaka). Both these organizations were also included in the technical assistance to be delivered, and in fact regional co-operation was a key element in the project. GEODESA itself was based at SEAMIC in Dar es Salaam. 

The consultants providing the assistance were TNO (Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience) and ITC (International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences) from the Netherlands. It is against this background that the AEGOS project was initiated to assist in the discovery, development and sustainable use of resources of geological origin such as minerals and non-energy raw materials, groundwater and geothermal energy that require knowledge based on data, information and expertise. The establishment and running of AEGOS is particularly a key issue in Africa, not only for development of the African countries, but also for the world’s future as provision of a standardized high quality data which would raise the chances of discovery of minerals to meet the demand of the world’s growing population in the continent. During the period 1996 – 2000 the project provided PC-based comprehensive technical hard-and software to the 15 institutions, organized training courses in the various aspects of geoscience data handling (at SEAMIC’s training facilities), and assisted the member States in cataloguing, standardizing, reprocessing and upgrading their existing geoscience data. The project also stimulated regional co-operation by organizing workshops and by supporting cross-border projects. Furthermore, capacity building and institutional strengthening for SEAMIC in Dar es Salaam was an important element. A Geo-Information department was established within SEAMIC, which will act as a regional “one-stop-shop” for services and information related to geoscience data. Such a regional exploration data unit is expected to cater for the member States government institutions (Ministries of Mines and Geological Surveys) as well as for the private industry in the region. Paramount in the efforts of the GEODESA project was the notion of “making the regions exploration data more easily accessible”. This contributes to creating an enabling environment with more optimal investment conditions for the private industry. Services offered on a commercial basis to the mining community include: GIS processing, training courses (related to geoscience data handling), meta-databases for exploration data, scanning and digitizing services, data-processing.

At the end of the four-year GEODESA project the main results were: (1) the establishment of a modern, well-equipped Geo-Information Department within the regional Mineral Centre (SEAMIC) in Dar es Salaam; (2) a re-vitalized SEAMIC, with a much better profile, both in the public and in the private sector, finding itself much closer to long-term sustainability; (3) standardized computer facilities and the capability to use them at the other 14 participating institutions in the region; (4) an inventory of the existing geological exploration data in the region, ordered in a GIS database, and available to anyone on CD-ROM; (5) computerized and upgraded national data-sets and maps in the individual national institutions; (6) a strong regional network of geoscientists and institutions, resulting from the training courses, workshops and cross-border projects managed by the project.

At the end of the project also a few shortcomings were noted. First of all, one of the planned activities (building a mineral occurrences database for SADC MCU) could not be executed because of a change of position within SADC on the desirability of such a database, and the reluctance from a few SADC countries to approve the initiative (even without supplying any of their own data). Secondly, regional thematic maps could not be produced for similar reasons. Thirdly, in a few cases, as a result of unforeseen delays, the time left within the national organizations to actually apply what was learned through the training courses, and make use of the provided computer systems was too short to process (computerize and standardize) all their existing data-sets.

On the positive side it should be noted, that the GEODESA project was able to deliver additional output in some areas beyond the Terms of Reference for the Consultant’s contract. Assistance was provided to SEAMIC with respect to income generation, promotion and public relations, quality control and advice relating to a re-definition of SEAMIC’s mission and development of new markets.

A lot of momentum has been gained by the project, and it is highly recommended to the European Union (or other parties that might be in a position to provide assistance) not to completely abandon SEAMIC and its member States’ Geological Surveys at this stage. A relatively small additional investment would make sure that much more existing information could be ordered and computerized, and would increase the critical mass of skilled professional staff working at the GSO’s. SEAMIC as a regional science and technology centre and a hub for many in the region, should further develop its market, in the public as well as the private sector. The established network provides a good basis to do so. In the immediate future SEAMIC should try to obtain ISO9001 certification in order to be attractive to potential customers. It is recommended to the European Union to support these efforts for the next 18 months. While doing so, some more critical mass at the other institutions of the member States will also be created (through some more training at SEAMIC), and a more gradual change toward a really sustainable situation can be accommodated.

    On the longer run a new model for international co-operation in science and technology is proposed. More elaborate twinning relationships between either SEAMIC, or the entire network of GSO’s (including SEAMIC) in the region on the one hand, and Geological Surveys in the North on the other could be established. We believe that the investigation of such possibilities is worthwhile for potential donor organizations. The model of longer lasting twinning relationships in the area of science and technology, combined with the regional approach (involving regional institutions such as SEAMIC) is likely to be a much more efficient vehicle for providing technical assistance than the dispersed and rather uncoordinated TA projects on a bilateral basis.



African-European Georesources Observation System (AEGOS)

It is a glaring fact tAEGOShat there are quite a few world class mineral deposits in Africa that are currently under development and others requiring further works such as feasibility study of the deposits, more detailed exploration…etc. Despite the very few world class mines development, quite a number of recent discoveries coupled with huge volumes of georesources data on Africa; are archived in European and African institutions. So far only a fraction of the potential mineral deposits of Africa has come to light due to very many factors, the important ones being lack of well processed and standardized geo-scientific data and technical well qualified expertise that are a prerequisite to accelerate exploration and speed up discovery.
To carry out the activities listed in the AEGOS project a consortium of 23 partners (see table below) from Europe and Africa co-coordinated by BRGM of France was formed to implement the project in different phases by signing a Charter of Partnership. Funding for the Project to finance the initial implementation from 2009-2011 was secured from a Support Action of the 7th European Union’s Research and Technology Development Framework Programme (FP7). The Project is entrusted to design and set up a pan-African spatial data infrastructure (SDI) of public, interoperable geological and geology-related data , suitable technological architecture as well as user-oriented services to foster and strengthen the sustainable use of georesources in Africa.

Common strategies are being elaborated for capacity building and training programmes taking an emphasis on the human resources development in Africa as being the core of AEGOS infrastructure. During the 2nd phase of AEGOS, the initial Consortium is planned to be expanded, inviting as many African partners as possible to join the working group. Funding for the 2nd phase (2012-2016) is to be sought from part of the European development funding mechanisms in support of the ACP-EU science and technological and geographic information infrastructure development. Through the implementation and operation of the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) under AEGOS, skills will be developed that are required for the installation, administration, maintenance of hardware and software, the management of databases, the generation of metadata and the processing of data.

The necessary geoinformation such as maps as well as the development of a portal with services for discovering, viewing, querying and downloading data/metadata/information and an eShop for the dissemination of AEGOS generated products and services are envisaged to be put in place during the implementation of AEGOS phase II. For operating the self-sustaining infrastructure, AEGOS will have the necessary administrative, legal framework, marketing and human resources capacity to self finance its operations. Currently there are limitations by very many African institutions to independently run the AEGOS project. The creation of maps using GIS, skills in system administration and especially the development of Web applications and the production of reports are lacking due to trained manpower.

To fill the knowledge gap the necessary capacities of the African institutions will be strengthened by the 2nd phase of the AEGOS project through the EC technical assistance scheme to empower the African geoscientific organisations. This would assit Africans and their respective institutions to be capable of conducting all activities related to the operation of a geodata infrastructure. Studies so far conducted show that there are a number critical fields of specializations that need to be strengthened in African institutions and the knowledge levels improved or upgraded to efficiently and independently run the AEGOS infrastructures within the African institutions.

These specialized fields are the following: information technology; data management; data processing; end user service; and operational management The availability of adequate qualifications in the five fields mentioned above is the “starting point” for all partner institutions to cope with the AEGOS geodata infrastructure. All partners whose existing knowledge and skills are not to the required level shall be trained to reach the knowledge baseline of the project. The institutions that already have adequate skills will be provided with additional training on AEGOS-specific topics. The objective of these capacity building measures will ensure that all AEGOS partners will be capable of implementing and operating the AEGOS-SDI by themselves. Capacity building for the production, management, dissemination and use of geoinformation is therefore of immense importance to African institutions, requiring focused and concerted efforts towards strengthening national and regional capacities in Africa. As a strategy immediate actions to capacity strengthening are to be taken through the development of skilled manpower, standardization of geoinformation curricula and upgrading of the technical capacities of the institutions.

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Geoinformation Services
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  • Data Compilation and GIS
  • Data Standardization
  • Map Preparation and Publication
  • Data Dissemination Data Acquisition
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Training courses are offered by the Centre, scheduled or upon request tailor-made, on different topics related to the mineral industry. Some of the course modules are developed internally and others are developed based on requests from customers.


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  • Water Analysis
  • Wet Chemistry
  • Mineralogical and Petrological
  • Gemmological and Gem cutting
  • Sample Preparation and Ore Testing
  • Industrial Minerals Applications & Ceramics

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New Training Courses

The Mineralogy, Petrology Department is happy to announce the following new training courses:-

1. Gemstone/Mineral Estimation and Valuation
2. Jewellery Design
3. Gemstone Exploration and Gem Safari's

For further information please contact matokeo@seamic.org 

The 29th Colloquium of African Geology CAG29

The Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) is a major biennial meeting organized under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAF), where earth scientists globally have the opportunities to present their research results on topics related to African geology and surrounding areas. The event will take place on 26 - 29 September, 2023 in Windhoek, Namibia. For further information please contact cag29@mme.gov.na, cag29.whk@gmail.com or+264 61 2848398

AMGC Employment Opportunities

AMGC is seeking for Senior Exploration Geologist, Senior Geophysist, Senior Hydrogeologist, Junior Chemist/Geochemist, Chemical Laboratory Technician and Metallurgy and Mineral Processing Laboratory Technician.  For further details please visit  here


PanAfGeo Photography Competition

PanAfGeo is running a Photography Competition for all participants of the PanAfGeo project.
The theme for your photos is “What PanAfGeo means to you?” and can include entries on how you think PanAfGeo benefits you, your Survey, your Society or your Country. Ten finalists will see their photos printed in high resolution, framed and exhibited during the final meeting of the project in 2024. Winners will be announced during that meeting and on the PanAfGeo website and social media.

Key information:

  • Deadline: 22nd of March 2024
  • The contestants must have been involved in any way in PanAfGeo phase 2, and the photograph must be taken during one of the training packages.
  • Photos should illustrate the best of “what PanAfGeo means to you” and should include a short description of why this was important to you.
  • The photographs have to be sent in jpg format, high resolution.
  • To be sent to Céline Andrien - andrien@eurogeosurveys.org; cc - tracey@dancyenergy.com

Training Courses

African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) is pleased to announce the introduction of four new courses on Geostatistics, Petroleum Sciences and Resource Estimation in collaboration with Khartoum based Consulting firm called Knowledge and Training Centre (KTC). The course shall be facilitated by the Director of KTC, Dr. M. Zayed Awad, an eminent specialist in the areas of geostatistics, resource evaluation, stratigraphy, reporting, training and mentoring, risk and decision analysis, petroleum economics, project management. The training course will be organized in Dar es Salaam at the AMGC training facilities. Please click here for the courses information.


The 39th Governing Council (GC) Meeting of AMGC in Khartoum, Sudan

The 39th meeting of the Governing Council (GC) of the AMGC was held in Khartoum Sudan from 13 to 18 February 2019. The GC is the highest policy organ of AMGC comprising of the Ministers responsible for Mineral Resources of the members countries, meets annually to oversee the activities of the Centre. In its 39th meeting, the GC deliberated on several issues pertaining to the AMGC activities and among them were the approval of its annual budget and the renewal of the contract of the Director General for a second four-year term.


The New Airborne Data of Mozambique

Funded by the World Bank, the Australian Thomson Aviation company was contracted by Mozambican Government to carry out airborne survey (magnetic and radiometric) in the north of Mozambique covering the area shown below.
The survey was carried out between 2014 and 2015 and the data were delivered to the National Directorate of Geology and Mines (DNGM) in binging of 2016.

The delivery data include:
• Magnetic and elevation data in Geosoft GDB format
• Radiometric data in Geosoft GDB format
• A set of grids in Geosoft GRD format
• A set of digital maps in at scale 1:250.000 in JPG format
• A set of digital maps in at scale 1:50.000 in JPG format
• Magnetic and elevation data in Geosoft XYZ format (ASCII)
• Radiometric data in Geosoft XYZ format (ASCII)

The coordinate system of delivered data are in coordinate system UTM37S/WGS84.
The data are available at DNGM Department of Geological Information Management. Contcts: Mrs Belmira Muchanga, email: bemuchanga@gmail.com.                                 Read more  

Inauguration of Analytical Finger Printing (AFP) Laboratory

The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) in tripartite collaboration with BGR of Germany and International Conference of African Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) inaugurated a sophisticated Hi Tech Analytical Finger Printing (AFP) Laboratory on 8 June 2018 for analysis of 3Ts conflict minerals to enforce the regional certification mechanism and abate illicit minerals trade in the African Great Lakes Region.

Regional and Country Level Training Workshops on Geo-data Digitization and Mapping of Development Minerals

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is a three-year, €13.1 million capacity building program of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by UNDP. The aim of the programme is to promote the sustainable development of industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme supports the capacity development of key stakeholders in the sector such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders including small-scale mining enterprises, construction companies, mining and quarrying associations; as well as training centres, universities, civil society organizations and community groups.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is implemented at both the regional and country levels. At the regional level, the programme conducts capacity building activities with participants from forty (40) ACP countries (28 in Africa) through regional training workshops, field trips, the production of guidance products and knowledge exchange. At the country level, in depth capacity building is undertaken with six focus countries: Cameroon (Central Africa); Guinea - Conakry (West Africa); Uganda (East Africa); Zambia (Southern Africa); Jamaica (Caribbean); and Fiji (Pacific). Country-level activities include: training; small grants; the production of maps and databases; development of regulations on environment, health and safety; organization of community dialogues, technology fairs and networking events The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme and the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) signed agreement for AMGC to deliver a series of regional and country level training workshops on geological data digitization techniques, field mapping, resource estimation and database management of Development Minerals.  Through this project AMGC will organize and carry out 10 training workshops for participants from the African ACP countries starting from October 2017 up to June 2018.  Through this programme more than 220 professionals are expected to be trained from 29 African countries.

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