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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 Geo-scientific Management Informationi.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.
The training session on Geo-scientific Management Information 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.
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.
AMGC Director General Mr. Ibrahim Shaddad (Middle) with technical Staff from the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company (SMRC) Sudan, who attends a training on GIS and Remote Sensing for Minerals Resources Exploration and Geological Mapping from 18th to 29th September 2017
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.
Some of the delegates of the 37th Governing Council listening to Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania.
Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania in a group picture with the AMGC Staff.
The 20th Standing Committee of Officials in a group picture with the Secretariat of the Policy Organ Meetings.
Group Photo: AB Minerals Corp. meets with the Board of Directors of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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.
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.
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OVERVIEW
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

SERVICES AND PRODUCTS

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).
  • PROF2XYZ:
    For digitising profile maps with conversion to *.xyz file (GEOSOFT format)
Geoinformation
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
MPG
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.


Microscope
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 focus countries training workshop on Geodata Digitization Mapping of Development Minerals, Zambia

Official opening ceremony  of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme  focus countries training workshop on Geodata Digitization Mapping of Development Minerals, which is currently conducted by the African Minerals & Geosciences Center (AMGC) in  Lusaka, Zambia. The opening ceremony was attended by the Director General of the Zambian Geological Survey Mr. Chipilauka Mukofu. 18 participants are attending the workshops, from various sectors such as the geological survey, the Academia, private sectors and miners. The workshops is taking place at the University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Mines as from the 20th Nov to 1st of Dec 2017. The workshop is facilitated by Mr. Mesfin Gebremichael and Kamina Chororoka the experts from the AMGC, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania




Tanzania re-elected Chair of Governing Council of African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC)

Tanzania has been elected again a chair of the Governing Council of African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC).
The appointment was made over the council’s 37th annual meeting in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania  Prof. James Mdoe, who attended the meeting on behalf of the Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Hon. Dr. Medard Kalemani.

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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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 2nd to 4th May, 2018 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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