At the MOTA Conference in London in late June, Koen Verbruggen, Director of GSI & President of the European Geological Surveys (EuroGeoSurveys) outlined progress on the PanAfGeo Project.
PanAfGeo is a collaborative feasibility study between EuroGeoSurveys and The Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS). It is an ambitious project aimed at increasing African-owned geological knowledge and skills for sustainable mineral exploitation and related infrastructures, and natural disasters prevention and mitigation.
The objective of PanAfGeo is to improve the capacities of geological administrations and fill the gap in the collection, harmonisation and sharing of geological data. These pillars of development are essential especially for mining exploration activities and ensuring business opportunities on the African continent. It envisages expenditure of €20 million over 6 years.
A Feasibility Study on PanAfGeo was developed between EGS and OAGS and presented during Mining INDABA in early February 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Over the next year, the Project will be progressed by the EU’s Directorate DEVCO with parallel consultations with the African Union.