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An official visit by the Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Mussa Daniel Budeba accompanied by Mr. Maruvuko Msechu , Acting Director of Geological Services Directorate and Manager of applied Geology. The Visit had the aim of the new CEO of GST to get familiarization with the AMGC activities, as well as looking for the possibility of attaching some GST technical staff to the AMGC modern facilities for practical training. In addition, the visit had the aim of establishing the MoU between the two Institutes for the mutual benefits of both parties.
Ceremony for issuance of Certificate for ISO 9001:2015 Standard, Certificate TZ20/90372 following the successful assessment and certification of the Management System of African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) in the activities namely: Laboratory services, research and development on industrial minerals and gemstone, generation, collection, processing and dissemination of geo-information, specialized training and production of ceramics. The event took place at AMGC premises on 02 June 2020 and was officiated by Ms. Honorata Rutihinda from SGS Tanzania Superintendance Co. Ltd. Ms. Honorata is working in the Certification and Business Enhancement Department.
On 5th February 2020, the Centre was honored by a courtesy visit from H.E. the newly assigned German Ambassador to Tanzania Mrs. Regine Hess, who familiarized herself with the spectrum of mineral services provided by the AMGC including the services of the Analytical Finger Printing (AFP) Laboratory for analysis of conflict Minerals in the African Great Lakes Region.
AMGC Director General Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad paid a courtesy visit to Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development of Uganda. Mr. Shaddad met Excellences Hon. Dr. Kitutu Kimono, the Cabinet Minister and Hon. Sara A. Opendi, State Minister. The meeting was attended by Mr. Baguma Zachary, the Director General of Geological Survey of Uganda.
AMGC Director General Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad participated in the 15th meeting of the ICGLR Audit Committee during 4-7 January 2020 in Kampala, Uganda.
AMGC Director General Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad Participated in the 5th Annual Sudan International Mining Business Forum & Exhibition (SIMFE 2020) held from 18th to 20th February 2020 in Khartoum, SUDAN.
On February 27, 2020, AMGC received Mr. ASSINADI ANLI, Director General of Geological Bureau of Comoros. While at the Centre, he visited all the departments and got in-depth explanation on various services offered by AMGC including mineral testing, training, consultancy, research and value addition for industrial minerals and gemstone.
AMGC participated in the 2-days Tanzania Mineral and Mining Investment Conference 2020 - Sustainable Investment and Partnership from 22-23 February 2020 conducted at Julius Nyerere International Convention Conference Centre (JNICCC), Dar es Salaam.
Hon. Dotto Biteko, the Minister for Minerals, Tanzania 🇹🇿, the host country of AMGC was the guest of honor and delivered a welcome speech in the PanAfGeo Final Meeting which took place on 24-25 October 2019 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach.
The Final Meeting of the Geoscientific Knowledge and Skills in African Geological Surveys (PanAfGeo) Project
The Final Meeting of the Geoscientific Knowledge and Skills in African Geological Surveys (PanAfGeo) Project
Hon. John Munyes Kiyong’a, the Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Kenya and the Chairman of the Governing Council of African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) paid a familiarize visit to the Centre on 25th October 2019. The Hon. Minister Munyes was accompanied by two top officials who are Mr. Thomas Ndola, the Director of Geological Survey, who is representing Kenya in AMGC’s Board of Directors and Mr. Josphat Wanjogu, the AMGC’ s Desk Officer in the Ministry of the State Department of Mining, Kenya.
CLAY WORKSHOP 22 Students from Braeburn International School of Dar-es-salaam with their teacher and staff of AMGC held a Clay workshop on 8th October 2019 in Industrial Minerals Department – Ceramic Unit
A courtesy meeting between AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad and H.E. Dr. Samuel Hurkato, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Mr. Hundie Melka Yadete, the delegated Director General of the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) attended the meeting (picture on the top). Furthermore, Mr. Shaddad had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Assefa Kumsa, the State Minister of Mines and Petroleum of Ethiopia (lower picture) both meetings were held at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 14th May 2019. Excellences the Minister and the State Minister were briefed regarding the activities of the African Minerals & Geosciences Center (AMGC), recent development and challenges facing the Centre. A number of issues were deliberated to enhance the beneficiation of Ethiopia from the mineral services provided by the Centre.
AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad participated in the AMDC Business Plan Review Meeting held in Conakry Guinea from 27 to 31 May 2019. The meeting was between AUC delegation and Government of Guinea and it was addressed by H.E. the Minister of Mines & Geology of Guinea.
A courtesy meeting between AMGC’s Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad and H.E. Ambassador Albert Muchanga, the Commissioner for Trade and Industry including Mining (AUC) of the African Union. The meeting was attended by Dr. Hussein Hassan Hussein, the Acting Director of Trade and Industry including Mining, Head of Industry Division and Mr. Paul Msoma, the Economic Affairs Officer in Mineral Sector Governance. Issues were deliberated to enhance the working relationship between the AMGC and AUC in implementation of the African Mining Vision (AMV) endorsed by the African Head of States for a better scio-economic development of the mining sector in Africa.
On 3rd May 2019 AMGC was visited by 30 employees from the Military Automotive Technology Centre (TATC-Nyumbu), the Government Institution located at Kibaha area, Pwani. The TATC-Nyumbu core function is research activities and foundry technology inclusive. The visit to AMGC is part of exchanging knowledge and skills on metallurgy science and other functions.
THE 39th GOVERNING COUNCIL (GC) MEETING OF THE AFRICAN MINERALS & GEOSCIENCES CENTRE (AMGC) IN KHARTOUM, SUDAN ON 13 - 18 FEBRUARY 2019
Members of the 39th meeting of the Governing Council of the AMGC in session
The 22th Standing Committee of Officials in a group picture with the Secretariat of the Policy Organ Meetings.
Members of AMGC Board of Directors in session,
Members of the Governing Council of the AMGC attending the official opening of SIMFE 2019
AMGC participated in the 4th Annual Sudan International Mining Business Forum and Exhibition (SIMFE 2019), the event was held at the Friendship Hall of Khartoum from 18 to 20 February 2019.
The African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) received fifteen (15) youngsters from Braeburn International School for a clay day workshop (Pottery session). AMGC does “CLAY DAY FOR KIDS “. The youths had opportunity to see how the Centre makes its pottery and ceramic products and made their own bowls or plates on potter’s wheel under instructions of AMGC’s ceramists and experienced potters
Inauguration of Analytical Finger Printing (AFP) Laboratory and Opening of the 38th Governing Council Meeting of AMGC was honored by Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Kassim M. Majaliwa (MP) on 8 June 2018
Certificates Ceremony of the 6th Geodata Digitisation and Mapping of Development Minerals for ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme regional training workshop is being held from 16 to 27 July 2018 for the Eastern African region. 28 participants from Ethiopia (6), Kenya (6), Rwanda (5), Sudan (5) and Tanzania (6) from the academia, government, industry and civil societies attended
The fourth Regional Training Workshop of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme on Geo-data Digitisation and Field Mapping for Development Minerals for Central Africa has started on 21 May to 01 June 2018, this two weeks training workshop brings together around 19 participants drawn from key stakeholder groups from Congo Republic (5), DR Congo (5), Gabon (4) and Madagascar (5)
The PanAfGeo project training on Environmental Management of Mines
UNECE Resources Management Week 2018 “UNFC for Sustainable Development” Geneva, Switzerland 22 April 2018 Geneva, Switzerland 23 - 27 April 2018
The third Regional Training Workshop of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme on Geo-data Digitisation and Field Mapping for Development Minerals for West Africa (English Speaking countries) has started 23rd April 2017, this two weeks training workshop brings together around 14 participants drawn from key stakeholder groups from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana.
Closing-Certificates Ceremony of the PanAfGeo - WP5 – Geohazards Training Course at the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) in Dar es Salaam
AMGC Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad with Industrial Minerals Senior Technician Mr. Lucas kalombola had a meeting with H.E. the Commercial attaché of China in Tanzania to discuss China Role in Developing the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC).
The African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC) is hosting the PanAfGeo - WP5 – Geohazards” Training Course in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania during March 11th to 19th March 2018. A group of 10 specialist trainers from Lithuania, Italy ,Poland , South Africa and Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) and AMGC are conducting the training. Training for Geo-Hazards Mapping is planned in 6 main topics: Flooding, Soil erosion/desertification, Landsliding, Geopollution, Seismicity and Volcanic activity. PanAfGeo represents the first co-operation between the European geological Surveys and its counterpart in Africa – the Organisation of African Geological Surveys. The aim of the „WP5 – Geohazards” training is to raise level of knowledge of African staff in scope of recognition of geohazards connected with natural geogeneous and human-induced hazards. Methods of identification of different types of geohazards, human risk evaluation and its monitoring as well as research and prevention will be an important element of the training.
Handing over Certificates Ceremony of 27 geologists from 7 West African countries who have participated for the last two weeks in a Regional Training Workshop on Digitization and Mapping of Development Minerals. The training course is one of the 10th training courses conducted by AMGC and sponsored by the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP)- European Union 🇪🇺 (EU) Development Minerals Programme.
CLAY DAY FOR FAMILIES AND THEIR KIDS
The National Director of Mines of the Ministry of Mines of Guinea was the guest of honor in the officially closing ceremony of the training workshop on Geo-data Digitization Mapping of Development Minerals, which took place in Guinea 🇬🇳. The two weeks duration course was sponsored by the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme Implemented In Partnership With UNDP. The workshop was facilitated by both Mr. Mesfin Gebremichael & Mr. Kamina Chororoka the experts from Geoinformation Department of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC). The training course attended by 36 participants from the Ministry of Mines of Guinea and students and teachers from 4 universities
The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme Uganda participants during a field visit at Mbalala quarry in outskirts of Mukono Area in Kampala
The first Regional Training Workshop of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme on Geo-data Digitisation and Field Mapping for Development Minerals was concluded on 10th November 2017 with a presentation of Certificate of Attendance to the participants of the Training Workshop.
Some of AMGC's hand made ceramic products
African Minerals and Geosciences Centre Director General, Mr. Ibrahim Shadadd attending the latest IIED’s dialogue on artisanal and small scale mining (AMS) in Geita, Tanzania.
Development Minerals Regional Training Workshop participants being briefed about the geological formation being exploited as aggregate for construction purposes at the Msolwa Construction Material Quarry in Coast Region, Tanzania
The African Minerals and Geoscience Center (AMGC) together with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme have started holding a series of Regional Training Workshops on Geo-data Digitization and Mapping of Development Minerals for countries from West, Central, East and Southern Africa between October 2017 and July 2018.
The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme first training workshop dedicated to the focus countries has already started at the AMGC. This first event brings together around 20 participants drawn from key stakeholder groups from Cameroon, Guinea, Uganda and Zambia.
The training session on Management Information Geo-scientific i.e. WP7 B - Spatial data infrastructure - Data modeling – Interoperability standards – Data dissemination hosted by AMGC in collaboration with Organization of African Geological Surveys (OAGS) and PanAfGeo, the geosciences capacity building Project for Africa sponsored by EU.
Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania listening to Mr. Charles Buteta, the Manager for Chemical and Environmental Services while giving explanation regarding the Induced Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectroscope (ICP-MS) installed in the Analytical Finger Printing (AFP) Lab. In the photo from left is Hon. Peter Teko Lokeris, Minister of State for Minerals, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of the Republic of Uganda, Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad, the Director General of AMGC and Hon. Dr. Medard Kalemani the Deputy Minister for Energy and Mineral of Tanzania.
Mr. Timo Gawronski, Chief Technical Expert on Analytical Finger Printing from German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) explaining to the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania on the applicability of some of the mineralogical equipment in relation to the Analytical Finger Printing Lab and the mining industry as whole.
Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, commemorating the AMGC 40th Anniversary by cutting a cake. Standing on right of the PM is Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad the Director General of AMGC, and on the left is Hon. Dr. Medard Kalemani the Deputy Minister for Energy and Mineral of Tanzania.
Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania in a group picture with the AMGC Staff.
AMGC staff on meeting with Jiangxi Bureau of Geology and Mineral Exploration and Development in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China.
Group Picture: 4th African Union Commission Africa Mining Vision TWG meeting on Geological and Mineral Info.14 - 18 Aug 2017 in NBO,KENYA.
AMGC staff on Advanced Training Program on Ceramic Production Technique at Jiujiang University - Department of Ceramics & Arts with Prof Liu Shuai
Regional Experts and Stakeholders Consultation on Natural Resources and Good Governance for Sustainable Peace, Development and Transformation of the Great Lakes Region
AMGC participated in the 2-days Tanzania Mineral and Mining Investment Conference 2020 - Sustainable Investment and Partnership from 22-23 February 2020 conducted at Julius Nyerere International Convention Conference Centre (JNICCC), Dar es Salaam.
On February 27, 2020, AMGC received Mr. ASSINADI ANLI, Director General of Geological Bureau of Comoros. While at the Centre, he visited all the departments and got in-depth explanation on various services offered by AMGC including mineral testing, training, consultancy, research and value addition for industrial minerals and gemstone.
AMGC Director General Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad Participated in the 5th Annual Sudan International Mining Business Forum & Exhibition (SIMFE 2020) held from 18th to 20th February 2020 in Khartoum, SUDAN.
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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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TRAINING COURSES September – November 2020

AMGC training services have been disrupted due to the Global COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in travel restrictions. Though globally there are different conditions of the spread of the pandemic, it is observed that there is a general easing of restriction globally. In the case of Tanzania, hosting country of AMGC, there is a general drop of the spread of the pandemic and all restrictions have been removed.  All activities including schools and public gatherings have resumed normally since July 2020. With regards to international travel restrictions, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania issued a travel advisory on 29th July 2020 to the International Community residing in the country the following information on travel restrictions. “All travelers entering the United Republic of Tanzania will be required to present upon arrival a valid NEGATIVE COVID-19 Certificate for RT-PCR from an approved laboratory tested within 72 hours before the actual travel date. In addition, the travelers will be subject to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection. However, there will be no Mandatory Quarantine upon arrival.”
Therefore, AMGC would like to inform all visitors of the Centre for training courses, that it has resumed the training services as of the month of September 2020.  AMGC is happy to inform all that it has also started online training courses on some of the training courses it provides. Below is the schedule of the training courses for the months of Sep – Nov 2020 and the list of online training courses.Those who are interested to participate in the training courses at AMGC facilities are advised to consult the airline they plan to travel with on the current requirements of travel to Tanzania when planning the trip to Dar es Salaam. Please click Training calendar for detailed information.


EREX International Technical Training

Earth Resources Petroleum Consultants (EREX) announces international technical training program for Geologists, Geophysicists, Petroleum engineers  from November 2020 to May 2021. Please visit Training calendar for detailed information.

The 28th Colloquium of African Geology CAG28

 28th session of the Colloquium of African Geology (CAG 28) and the 18th Conference of the Geological Society of Africa (General Assembly) will be held at Fez University (Morocco) between 10-18 October 2020 with a theme “Geosciences: the priceless substrate for African economic and social development”. please visit CAG28 for detailed information.

36th International Geological Congress Rescheduled to 9-14 November 2020

The International Geological Congress is a mega event organised every four years. The next edition – the 36th –in Delhi, India has been rescheduled to 9-14 November 2020. The Congress has 45 themes, covering practically all aspects of Planet Earth, has > 60 field trips, a GeoExpo, and a variety of other programs. Each theme has several symposia; under each symposium, again, there will be many sessions. You are welcome to submit your abstract at the Congress website (www.36igc.org) and make your presentation at the IGC. Please visit IGC website www.36igc.org for all the details and more.


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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