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Projects

EU Project
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the position of AMGC as a regional Centre and the functioning of national geological surveys within Member States and other States in the sub-region. This will make geoscientific data more readily available in digital format as well as improve the laboratory infrastructure of the Centre with a view to offering a wide range of internationally accepted quality analytical services.
The main elements of the project as described in the project proposal include:
  1. Purchase of equipment for the laboratory and the Geo-information department;
  2. Provision of technical assistance by short term experts;
  3. Eextension and marketing of AMGC's services within the Member States and the sub-region; and
  4. Establishment of a recognised "Centre of Excellence" for the region.
The EU Project was implemented in two phases, 1996-2000 and 2004-2006. The first one was GEODESA and the second project was run four years after the end of DEODESA which consolidated the acheivements of the GEODESA Project
GIS - Africa Project
A project called GIS Africa was started in collaboration with the French Geological Survey (BRGM) and the International Centre for Training and Exchanges in the Geo-sciences (CIFEG). The aim of the project is to contribute to the effort of sustainable development throughout the African continent in developing regional policies based on valorisation and diffusion of earth science information. The project involves 10 African Countries and two regional organisations grouped in two regions of the continent namely west and East Africa. The countries involved includes Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Mali in west Africa co-ordinated at UEMOA in Ouagadougou, and Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya to be co-ordinated at AMGC in Dar es salaam. The project is expected to last until March 2006. The objectives of the project is to construct a strong geo-science partnership in Africa in order to:
  1. Reconstitute regional geo-scientific and mineral resources database;
  2. Organise data preservation, management and accessibility;
  3. Develop a common African language in the field of earth sciences;
  4. Help to promote mineral and water resources in attracting potential contributors to economic development;
  5. Improve local skills, and share knowledge and experience between Africa and Europe as well as between African countries; and
  6. Propose decision tools to support regional policies related to earth sciences.
Quality Management and ISO Certification
The best way to secure quality and to demonstrating this to the outside world that services of international standard are offered, is by acquiring ISO Certification. This will give the AMGC laboratories the prestige to fully penetrate the market in the region and generate the income needed to guarantee long-term sustainability. The ISO 9001:2000 Certification was acquired in November 2005.
The Quality Management Team comprising of the heads of all Sections spearheads the maintenance of the ISO 9001:2008 Certification. The Quality Management Team is headed by a Quality Manager apointed by the Director General and is become permanent structure of the Centre.
Africa Mining Network
This project is a joint initiative of UNCTAD and UNECA and aims at enhancing capacity building and policy networking for sustainable resource-based development with a focus on mineral economies in Africa. The objective of the project is to establish a comprehensive, well-organised network with focus on Africa that could provide a vehicle for the collection and dissemination of information and enable the cross-fertilisation of ideas across the continent, across disciplines and across the language divides. Such a network could also:
  1. Serve as a one-stop shop for information linkages of the existing networks;
  2. Stimulate the development of local networks and initiatives in sub-regions where they do not yet exist and strengthen already existing ones;
  3. Promote capacity building through training and policy networking;
  4. Work parallel to and in support of the AMP and other mineral-based initiatives in Africa;
  5. Promote synergies and avoid duplication of efforts and costs;
  6. Assist in establishing and maintaining a database of mining-related information specific to the African region; and
  7. Integrate relevant actors and networks situated outside of Africa.

The structure presently envisaged for the Africa Mining Network (AMN) comprises three components: a networking facility, an information database, and other services. The networking facility would comprise a hub and a number of nodes and would allow interaction between individuals from institutions that have subscribed to the system. The hub would be the central collation and distribution point of the network and would be domicilated within an African institution, which is involved, in mining-related activities.
A number of institutions in Africa including AMGC have already expressed interest in hosting the Network server. The institution that will eventually be appointed as the Host server would be responsible for the day-to-day management of the network and related secretarial functions and activities.

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