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Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources

The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC)

The African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) formerly known as SEAMIC (Southern and Eastern African Mineral Centre), is an independent continental centre of knowledge and information for the African continent established in 1977 under the umbrella of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Founder Member States are Angola, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Membership is open to all other African countries particularly ICGLR Member States who are not yet members.

The mission of the AMGC is to promote socio-economic and environmentally responsible mineral development in Africa. As part of its mandate, AMGC provides support to the mining sector in the continent in the form of capacity building and technological provisions through state-of-the-art mineral laboratory and geo-information management services.

In December 2011 in Kampala, Uganda the ICGLR Regional Inter Ministerial Committee (RIMC) made a decision to establish a regional AFP (Analytical Fingerprint) laboratory in former SEAMIC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This was decided in the context of transferring AFP method skills in African Great Lakes Region through the technical project of the German Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) on support of the ICGLR mineral certification mechanism. Starting from 2014, AMGC established partnership with ICGLR through a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding signed between ICGLR, AMGC and BGR. Through this partnership AMGC is hosting the Analytical Fingerprint (AFP) Laboratory.

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