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The second stage of the projects in JOGMEC Geological Remote Sensing Centre in Botswana will be implemented.

May 16, 2013

 Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (“JOGMEC”, Headquarter: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President: Hirobumi Kawano) has decided to continue and expand its activities in Geological Remote Sensing Centre established in July 2008 in Botswana. The centre has conducted mineral exploration and technical training for geologists in SADC countries, and these activities have been highly-evaluated and strongly requested to continue by participating countries. With this background, its second stage will focus more to form exploration projects to reflect the results of selecting promising areas and joint surveys with participating countries, further implementing remote sensing training for geologists to become capable of cultivating geologists in his/her country independently.

 JOGMEC has signed a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning geologic remote sensing projects in Botswana with 11 countries of Southern African Development Community (SADC).
 The centre has conducted joint analysis using the remote sensing techniques and field surveys aiming at extracting prospective areas with a total of roughly 300 geologists for 5 years from July 2008 to March 2013. It has also implemented technical transfers to geologists from SADC countries. As a result, some geologists are becoming capable of cultivating other geologists in his/her country by their own.

 Furthermore, last fiscal year, just before the end of the initial duration of the project (March, 2013), JOGMEC asked participating countries to evaluate the activities, and then inquired about the presence or absence of their intention to continue and request for next stage. As a result, JOGMEC received high evaluations and strong requests to continue further projects from all countries responded.

 JOGMEC expects the cooperation on human resources development to contribute to self-sustaining development in mining sector of the countries through surveys and evaluations for resource potentials by their geologists, and to promote investment by Japanese companies in building bilateral relations and equipping of geological information infrastructures for human resources development.

 JOGMEC continues its active support for exploration and development activities in mining sector by Japanese companies to secure the stable domestic supply of resources and its contribution to development of mining industry and improvement of investment climate by building and strengthening relationships with resource-rich countries.


Remote Sensing Techniques

 Remote sensing is capable of collecting data from a wide area through the use of a sensor system mounted on a satellite or aircraft. The data are used in mineral exploration to understand the geology and geological structures and to identify areas with potential for mineralization.

JOGMEC Geological Remote Sensing Centre in Botswana

・JOGMEC established the Geologic Remote Sensing Center in Lobatse, Botswana in July 2008.
・This year, JOGMEC opened its office in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana in March.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

・The SADC member states are: Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar (*Membership currently suspended because of domestic situation) and Seychelles.
・SADC headquarters are located in Gaborone, capital of Botswana
・The objectives of SADC are to achieve development and economic growth, alleviate poverty, realize regional integration and promote and defend peace and security based on the principal of interdependence of member states.

List of countries which have signed MOU concerning cooperation on mineral resources to be implemented mainly at JOGMEC Geological Remote Sensing Centre in Botswana

No. Counterpart Date of Conclusion Signer
1 Department of Geological Survey of Republic of Botswana Nov 16, 2007 Kago G. Moshashane,
Acting Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources
Isao Kakefuda, President
2 Council for Geoscience of the Republic of South Africa
Nov 16, 2007 Thibedi Ramontja,
Chief Executive Officer and President of Council for Geoscience
Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, President
Tatsuo Katsura, Vice PresidentofNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Isao Kakefuda, President
3 Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development and Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Republic of Zambia July 22, 2009 Maxwell Mwale,
Minister of Mines and Minerals Development
Felix Mutati,
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry
Hirobumi Kawano, President
4 Ministry of Mineral Resources of Republic of Mozambique December 9, 2009 Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Minister of Meneral Resources of the Republic of Mozambique Hirobumi Kawano, President
5 Ministry of Geology, Mines and Industry of Republic of Angola May 20, 2010 Joaquim Duarte Da Costa David,  Minister of Geology, Mines and Industry Hirobumi Kawano, President
6 Ministry of Mines and Energy of Republic of Namibia July 13, 2010 Joseph S. Iita,
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Mines and Energy
Hirobumi Kawano, President
7 Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment of Republic of Malawi July 28, 2010 Mr.Randson Mwadiwa,
Principal Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment
Hirobumi Kawano, President
8 Geological Survey of Tanzania December 6, 2010 Abdulkarim H. Mruma,
Chief Exective, Geological Survey of Tanzania
Hirobumi Kawano, President
9 Department of Mines and Geology of Kingdom of Lesotho October 11, 2011 Itheheleng Putsoa,
Commissioner of Department of Mines and Geology
Hirobumi Kawano, President
10 Ministry of Mines,
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
February 3, 2012 Dona KAMPATA MBWELELE,
Coordinator of CTCPM(Cellule Technique de Coordination et de Planification Minière)
Hirobumi Kawano, President
11 Geological Survey and Mines Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Kingdom of Swaziland April 10, 2012 Simon N. Maphanga,
Director of Geological Survey and Mines Department
Hirobumi Kawano, President

Countries that have signed a MOU
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