African Minerals and Geosciences Centre
Minerals For Development

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
Signing a MoU between the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) & AB Minerals Corp. (ABM), Canada. It is to form a Strategic Partnership to bring Coltan processing to the African countries
Regional Experts and Stakeholders Consultation on Natural Resources and Good Governance for Sustainable Peace, Development and Transformation of the Great Lakes Region
Kenya Gem and Jewellery Trade Fair 2017 took place 6-7th July 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Nairobi Kenya.
AMGC Director General, Ibrahim Shaddad with Sudanese engineers from Mineral Resources Company (SMRC) at African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) attending two weeks training program in Mineral Processing & Basic Mineral Processing Flow.
The Analytical Fingerprint Laboratory (AFP) Team meeting held at AMGC on 10-12 May 2017 discussing overview of the project 2011-2019
A meeting was held at the AMV Hall of AMGC on 14th December 2016 which was attended by a delegation from South Korea, AUC/AMDC representatives, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Mineral Development of Zambia and AMGC officials. The meeting discussed the Korean Government support to the AUC for the AMGI Pilot project in Zambia which was selected by the World Bank to benefit from this support.
AMGC Governing council’s 36th annual meeting in Addis Ababa
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The Geo-information department main function is to promote the standardisation of all geo-science information available in the sub-region and its conversion into an accessible format for dissemination, with the view to improving accessibility to geo-science data to the public. The department's activities can be categorised in to three major areas:
  • Library and Documentation:
    for archiving earth science information of the region in the SEAMIC library for access to the public in both analogue and digital format;
  • Geo-science and Data Management:
    for digitisation of available information and archiving it in a standard format; and
  • Geo-science Data Processing and Mapping: for the provision of training and consultancy services on the utilisation of advanced GIS and data processing techniques


The services provided by the Geo-information department include:
  • Scanning, Digitising and plotting of maps:
    Scanning and reproducing of maps using high resolution full colour CONTEX A0 scanner and HP750C A0 plotter. Scanned images can also be supplied on CD-ROM and geo-referencing and/or vectorisation of the images can also be done. The out put digital files can be provided in formats compatible to major GIS packages. The department has the capability to further process the data for the integration the result with other data set (GIS compilations).
  • GIS applications:
    Data analysis using state of the art software packages such as MapInfo, ArcView, Geosoft and ER-Mapper.
  • Customised training courses:
    Training on geophysics, geochemistry, environmental geology and geo-science data handling are available and these courses can be designed according to need of the client.
  • Meta-databases:
    Regional databases, such as the "GIS based inventory of regional geochemical and geophysical exploration surveys in Eastern and Southern Africa" are kept up-to-date and made available to the public.
  • "One-stop-shop" for mineral data:
    Some member States of SEAMIC have mandated the department to sell their digital data on their behalf.
  • Forum for interaction among geo-scientists:
    Regular workshops, seminars and conferences are organised on the most relevant geo-scientific topics with the view to promote research and collaboration among the geo-scientists in the region.
  • Library function:
    The library of SEAMIC is open to the public for reference on documents in mineral exploration in Southern and Eastern Africa. The following additional services are also available:
  • Airborne radiometric data calibration:
    Gamma-ray spectrometry calibration using international standard calibration pads for ground and airborne Gamma-ray Spectrometry survey data.
  • Geophysical surveying:
    The department has expertise in geophysical surveying for groundwater and mineral exploration using electrical methods. The department has a 3 KW IPResistivity Unit consisting of a SCINTREX made TSQ-3 Transmitter with an IPR-10A Time domain Receiver, which is also available for rent.
  • Customised MapInfo applications for digitising maps.
  • DIGGA:
    For digitising contour maps at flight line or survey line intercepts with output directly to a line-based *.xyz file (GEOSOFT format). Digitising may be done optionally via a digitising table or on-screen from scanned image.
  • SAMPO:
    For digitising geochemical sample data from analogue maps Output directly to a multi-element *.xyz file (GEOSOFT format).
    For digitising profile maps with conversion to *.xyz file (GEOSOFT format)
Geoinformation Services
  • Data Capture and Analogue to Digital Conversion
  • Data Compilation and GIS
  • Data Standardization
  • Map Preparation and Publication
  • Data Dissemination Data Acquisition
    and Exploration Surveys
Training Services
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.

Laboratory Services
  • Analysis of Precious & base Metals
  • Water Analysis
  • Wet Chemistry
  • Mineralogical and Petrological
  • Gemmological and Gem cutting
  • Sample Preparation and Ore Testing
  • Industrial Minerals Applications & Ceramics

Feature News & Events

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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AMGC Senior Officials meeting with the Deputy Minister of Energy & Minerals, Tanzania

AMGC senior officials led by Ibrahim Shaddad, Director General had a meeting with Hon. Dr. Medard M.C. Kalemani, the Deputy Minister of Energy & Minerals, Tanzania. The courtesy meeting was held at his office on 7th of August 2017 and attended by Mr. Philip P. Ngereja, the Principal Geologist as well as the newly appointed desk officer for the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (AMGC). The Hon. Deputy Minister was briefed regarding the three events which are 37th Policy Organ Meetings of AMGC including inauguration of the AFP laboratory and the 40th celebration of AMGC establishment to be held during the month of September 2017 from 11-15 at the AMGC premises in Dar es Salaam, the United Republic of Tanzania.

40th Anniversary of AMGC

African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) was established in 1977 as a sub-regional mineral resources development centre for Easter part of Africa founded by Ethiopia Mozambique and Tanzania with a name Eastern African Mineral Resources Development Centre (EAMRDC). It immediately attracted interest of Angola, Uganda and Comoros and the name updated to be Eastern and Southern Africa Mineral Resources Development Centre (ESAMRDC).
In 1998, the role and scope of the Centre had to be restructured due to the changes in economics of the world, particularly in Africa. The Centre was reformulated to become a semi-commercial entity and the change of the name was essential to make it more easily remembered. The new name, Southern and Eastern African Mineral Centre (SEAMIC) was approved.

In 2007, the Governing Council of AMGC decided to open membership to the Centre be open to all African states to make the Centre a pan-African organization serving the whole continent. In order to reflect the continental scope of the services and activities of the Centre, in 2015, a new name, African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) was adopted and the new name was legally registered in the host country, Tanzania. AMGC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017 reflecting the success and challenges it faced through the four decades it passed through supporting the mineral sector of the continent with a vision of becoming a continental Centre of Excellence realising its mission becoming a promoter of socially and environmentally responsible mineral resources development in Africa.

Kenya Mining Forum 15 - 16 November 2017

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The Ninth International Conference on the Geology of Africa (ICGA 2017)

The Geology Department of Assiut University invites scientists to gather in the capital of Upper Egypt for the Ninth International Conference on the Geology of Africa (ICGA 2017).
This conference is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied geological sciences. The "ICGA" is a biennial event since 1999 has taken place eight times in Assiut, Egypt;bringing together leading researchers, scientists and engineers in the domain of interest from around the world.
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The 6th Arusha Gem fair

Arusha Gem fair
The Ministry of Energy and Minerals in collaboration with the Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association (TAMIDA) are jointly organizing the 6th Arusha Gem Fair (AGF) scheduled to take place from 3rd to 5th May, 2017 in Arusha. The AGF brings together premier gemstone and mineral dealersfrom East and Central African and International Potential buyers with the aim of making Arusha a centre for Gemstone business in Africa.

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