AMGC in brief
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The African Minerals and Geo-sciences Centre (AMGC), formerly known as Southern and Eastern African Mineral Centre (SEAMIC) was established in 1977 principally to carry out regional geological surveying and to provide minerals exploration and consulting services for programs of its founding member states, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique, later joined by Uganda, Angola and the Comoros. Kenya became a member in 2006 and the Sudan joined in 2010. In 2007, the ministerial meeting in Maputo decided that membership is open to all African states. To reflect this expansion of the scope, the name of the Centre changed to African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) starting from July 2015.
In 1991 AMGC moved its operations to an extensive new site in Dar es Salaam with a mission to “Promote socio-economic and environmentally responsible mineral sector development in Africa”. To meet the new demands of the mineral sector stakeholders the Centre diversified its services to provide a hightech, state-of-the-art minerals analytical laboratory services and geoinformation data processing activities, complimented with the provision of short term specialized trainings. The trainings were provided under GEODESA, GISAfrica and AEGOS and other smaller projects with funding from the EU, UNDP, UNIDO and the governments of Japan, India, Belgium and France.
The availability of the Centre’s ISO 9000:2008 certified analytical and data processing services at a closer proximity to the exploration and development sites has significantly eased the burden of the investors in conclusively defining areas of mineral potential and hence accelerating mineral discovery and development to benefit the member states national economies, provide employment, reduce poverty and improve the livelihood of its people and to contribute to growth of their respective national economies.The African Minerals and Geo sciences Centre (AMGC) is an African mineral service provider with the following mission, vision, mandate and objectives.
To be a pioneer and leader in the provision of mineral services in Africa
To promote socio-economic and environmentally responsible mineral development in Africa
To be a Centre of Excellence and Significance able to provide specialized services for the mineral industries and the overall development of the sector in region.
- To establish, where relevant, Africa networks of programmes and services and to promote Africa collaboration.
- To promote indigenous mineral based industrialization.
- To promote awareness on potential of the mineral sector's contribution to the economic and social development in Africa.
- To promote responsible investment and free flow of capital, labor, goods and services for mining sector development in Africa.
- To facilitate the promotion of mining prospects with the highest potential for economic and social impact and
- To facilitate the harmonization of mineral sector's policies and legislation in Africa
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
AMGC is an ISO 9001-2008 certified, high tech minerals laboratory, training and consultancy services provider for Africa . Private companies, small scale miners, R&D institutions and the member states are its major clients. AMGC has 5 unique laboratories that cater for various services to the mining sector and these are:
- Chemical and Environmental Lab
Analyses various types of geological & environmental materials applying wet chemistry, XRF, XRD, ICP and mercury analytical techniques.
- Mineral Processing and Small Scale Mining Lab
Conducts mineral beneficiation services to provide basic data that is required for ore reserve estimation that would enable the economic viability of a mine.
- Mineralogy, Petrology and Gemmology Lab
Deals with testing and identification of rocks, minerals, clays and sediments and carries out gemstones and diamonds identification, grading, certification.
- Industrial Minerals Application Lab
Produces ceramic products & conducts product design and ceramics prototype production
- Geo-information Lab
Provides GIS, remote sensing applications and Geo-informatics data processing and consultancy services.
- All the Laboratories
Provide training and consultancy in the above mentioned fields.
- Written by lawi