Following the adoption of the African Mining Vision (AMV) by the Heads of States in 2009, the World Bank started developing a pan-African initiative entitled the “African Mining Geoscience Initiative” (AMGI) also known as the “Billion Dollar Map”. This initiative was officially launched in July 2014, at which point the "Development" arm of the then named Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), presently known as Global Affairs Canada (GAC), approached ESS about the feasibility of developing a complementary Canadian initiative to be the entitled the Building National Geoscience Capacity-Africa (BNGC-Africa) project.
The BNGC-Africa project is funded by Global Affairs Canada, through the Canada-Africa Extractives Cooperation for Enhanced Economic Development (EXCEED) Program. The approximate budget of the project is $20M. The International Affairs Unit of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada will lead and coordinate the multi-year initiative.
The goal of the BNGC-Africa project is to provide support to the National Geological Survey Organizations (NGSO) of Côte D’Ivoire, Senegal and Tanzania to produce, manage and disseminate on-line geoscience data, information and knowledge of their territory.
The BNGC will be implemented through two phases:
Phase I - completed
The BNGC-Africa phase I consisted of scoping missions to Senegal, Tanzania and Côte D’Ivoire to evaluate their respective NGSOs. These missions focused on the NGSOs’ data production and management, distribution infrastructure as well as human and financial resource capacity to produce, manage and make accessible geoscience and geospatial data. The findings that were captured during the scoping missions is being used to develop the project proposal toward the implementation of Phase II.
Phase II of the project will be the implementation of the project proposal which was derived from Phase I findings. It is expected to last five-year starting in 2016 and will consist of ESS working with the NGSOs each of Senegal, Tanzania and Côte D’Ivoire. The project will be tailored to suit the needs of each NGSO, ensuring that they are can produce, manage and disseminate geoscience data, information and knowledge of their territory.
France Morin – Senior Advisor