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Improved ICT key to promotion of Africa’s mineral potential - Minister

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Namibia’s Mines and Energy Minister Erkki Nghimtina says the sharing of geo-science information in Africa to promote the mineral potential of the continent with one voice remains a huge challenge due to poor information technology infrastructure in some countries.
Nghimtina who addressed participants to a five-day Geoscience Information in Africa (GIRAF) workshop in Windhoek said improved information technology infrastructure coupled with a more holistic approach to geo-science would see African geological surveys promote the continent’s mineral potential together.
“Gone are the days when African geological surveys worked in isolation, mainly mapping their respective countries, and administering laws pertaining to exploration and mining,” he said.
“Data has to be exchanged and managed jointly.”
Workshop participants are expected to look at approaches being taken across the continent to manage and deliver critical information on resources and hazards.
Workshop organizer Kristine Asch said: “Africa is a continent full of riches – natural resources… but also of pressing issues…this workshop is focused on the role of geo-science information can play in maximising the opportunities and mitigating the risks.”
The Geological Survey of Namibia noted that it was facilitating the search for and the assessment of mineral resources, geological engineering and land use planning as well as sustainable development with due regard to the environment.

Veronica Novoselova, Rough&Polished African bureau editor in Namibia