African Minerals and Geosciences Centre
Minerals For Development

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.
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.
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
Kenya Gem and Jewellery Trade Fair 2017 took place 6-7th July 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Nairobi Kenya.
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 tthe AMV Hall of AMGC on 14th December 2016 which was atended 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.
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The Geo-information department’s main function is to promote the standardisation of all geo-science information available in the continent and its conversion into an accessible format for dissemination, with the view to improving accessibility to geoscience data to the public and the private sector.

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 AMGC 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

Dev Minerals Training
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 in Geoinformation Department at AMGC.


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 AMGC 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)
    • GIS and remote sensing applications in mineral exploration
    • Geophysical/Geochemical data processing and interpretation
    • Visualisation and web mapping
    • Geodatabase development
    • Geostatistics applications

Mr. Mesfin W. Gebremichael (BSc, MSc, MBA) - Geophysicist, Manager of Geo-information Department with more than 20 years experience with geophysical data processing, GIS and remote sensing,
Mr. Kamina Chororoka (BSc, MSc) Senior Geologist,
Mr Lawi (Bsc) IT Officer.


Mr. Mesfin W. Gebremichael
E-mail: mesfin@seamic.org

Mr Kamina Chororoka
E-mail: kamina@seamic.org

Mr Lawi
E-mail: lawirobertn@seamic.org

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

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, March 2-8, 2020, Delhi

The International Geological Congress is a mega event organised every four years. The next edition – the 36th – will be organised in Delhi, India, March 2-8, 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.

AMGC List of Training Courses 2019

EREX Technical Short Courses November - December 2019

Course and Instructor Date Location
Integrated Transit Pressure and Production Data Analysis
Course & Workshop: Dr. A. Salem
November 3 - 7, 2019 Cairo - Hurghada
Concepts of Mechanical Earth Model (MEM), Application and Modeling
Course & Workshop: Dr. M. Saleh
November 17 - 21, 2019 Cairo- Hurghada
Budgeting For Geoscientists and Engineers
What Every Geoscientist, Engineer and Manager Needs to Know about

Course & Workshop: Dr. M. Ghazaly
December 1 - 5, 2019 Cairo- Hurghada
Exploitation and Management of Unconventional reservoirs and Resources
Course & Workshop: S. Ibrahimu, P. Eng.Calgary
December 15 - 19, 2019 Cairo-Hurghada

Final Meeting of the Geoscientific Knowledge and Skills in African Geological Surveys

AMGC is a co-organising together with PanAfGeo project the Final Meeting of the Geoscientific Knowledge and Skills in African Geological Surveys (PanAfGeo) Project, which will take place ‪from the 24th to 25th of October 2019‬ in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania‬‬

Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress

Following the huge success of 2018, the 3rd Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress will be returning 2 – 3 October at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with the full support of the Ministry of Energy, TPDC and all key government bodies. This year, the Congress will focus on exciting investment opportunities, strategies to boost industrialisation and new oil and gas projects in the region.

Nigeria Mining Week Preview in the First Mining Drc-Zambia Sept/Oct 2019

Nigeria Mining Week that returns to Abuja 14 – 16 October 2019 .1st Mining Drc-Zambia will do a preview on the Nigerian-Mining Week in its Sept/Oct edition to and discuss expectations. We will provide a platform for Companies to contribute editorially to this Special feature, as well as brand your company through advertising in a niche campaign, directed at making the Nigerian Mining sector aware of your products and Services at the upcoming event . The Nigerian mining industry has certainly witnessed some phenomenal developments within the past couple of years. Issues, challenges and solutions of the Nigerian mining industry are discussed at Nigeria Mining Week. Our journal will be distributed at the event. For further information please visit http://fmdrc-zambia.com/


The mission of the IUGS Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI) is to foster the interoperability and exchange of geoscience information, by active community leadership, collaboration, education, and the development and promotion of geoscience information standards and best practice.
The Award CGI and the Young Earth Scientists (YES) Network is offering an opportunity for a passionate geoinformatics professional to present their application of CGI standards at the 36th International Geological Congress in Delhi in March 2020. For further information please visit CGI - YES Competition

Angola International Mining Conference & Exhibition, CIESM

The Government of Angola will be organizing the first Angola International Mining Conference & Exhibition, CIESM, taking place 20 - 21 November 2019 in Luanda, Republic of Angola.

This will be The future of Angola's Mining industry on Spotlight at CIESM. While Angola is perhaps better known for it's Oil and Gas sector, under President Lourenço, the Angolan Mining industry has been undergoing wide ranging reforms, including new regulations and policies, to make the sector more agile and competitive in the current economic climate. CIESM is being organized as one of the initiatives looking at what are the challenges in meeting the goals set for the industry, while at the same promoting the potential of the national mining sector to international investors. 


Regional mining Exhibition & Conference taking place on 28-29 October 2019 in Kigali, RWANDA, at the Kigali Convention Centre. Hosted by RMB – Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board, the government institution that leads, manages and regulates Rwanda’s extractive sector, this regional business and investment platform will focus on mining Operations and Exploration projects the East & Central African region, positioning Rwanda as a modern hub for business, investment, trading and mineral processing.
EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA MINING FORUM will gather the entire value chain of the industry for Mining operators, Exploration companies, international Investors, Services/Equipment/Technology providers and key Institutions involved in the development of the sector to start their journey into the industrialisation of the region, from exploration to operation, from artisanal to large scale, as well as value addition and exports of minerals. For brochure please visit:ECAMF Brochure and for registration visit: ECAMF Registration

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