EuroGeoSurveys – Organization of African Geological Surveys Workshop and INDABA Mining; Cape Town, 8th-12th February 2015
On the 8th and 9th February 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and The Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS) will hold a joint Workshop to present and discuss the final draft of the feasibility study “Geoscientific Knowledge and Skills in African Geological Surveys (PanAfGeo)”. Key stakeholders such as UNECA, UNDP, UNESCO, World Bank and SEAMIC will also take part in the meeting. The study investigated how to increase African-owned geological knowledge and skills for sustainable mineral exploitation and related infrastructures, and natural disasters prevention and mitigation.
The Workshop also intends to discuss a possible future multiannual Project – including objectives, methods of implementation, trainings and partnerships – implementing the report’s recommendations. The audience’s feedback is a priority to achieve this ambitious goal, a cooperation that will strengthen the geological sector in Africa, and will therefore represent a step forward in the political commitment to the development of EU-Africa cooperation in this area.
The Workshop will precede the Conference Mining Indaba, foremost global gathering on investing in the African mining value chain, scheduled from the 9th to the 12th February 2015 in Cape Town.
EurGeoSurveys and OAGS are exhibiting at INDABA Mining 2015; see https://www.miningindaba.com for further details.
Commenting, Koen Verbruggen, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland and incoming President of EuroGeoSurveys for 2015-2107 said;
“It is hoped to launch the PanAfGeo initiative in early February and INDABA Mining 2015 provides an opportunity to publicise and promote this important programme which will develop African geological datasets and knowledge.”