GAF AG, Germany and its partner Sofreco, France, have been awarded the “Renforcement des Capacités de l’ Administration des Mines” contract and the initiation of activities in Gabon. The client and beneficiary is the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Tourism in Gabon. The project has been launched as a response to Gabon’s request for assistance in developing its mineral sector.The project addresses a challenging portfolio of activities in the field of geological and environmental mapping, mineral potential assessment and institutional strengthening. The key aspects include:Geological and geotechnical mapping of the cities of Libreville and OwendoMapping of environmentally sensitive areas in the whole of GabonSynthesis of a metallogenic map of GabonProvision of support in promoting the use of mining and geological data, and establishment of procedures and facilities via which operators can obtain mining and geological dataSupporting of integration regarding the Kimberley processInstitutional and technical capacity building activitiesThe overall aim is to make the mining sector more attractive to private sector investment. This will strengthen the contribution of Gabon’s mining sector to economic development. The assignment is well-suited to GAF, which has a track-record of more than 20 years of experience in the provision of institutional and technical assistance in mining sector governance programs via its consultancy services and cutting-edge software solutions. The project duration is two years and is part of the “PROGRAMME D’APPUI A LA GOUVERNANCE SECTORIELLE (PAGOS)” that supports mining sector governance in Gabon. It is financed by the European Union through the 10th European Development Fund.