OAGS appoints Schneider as president

06 Nov 2013 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 NOV (NAMPA) - The Director of the Geological Survey in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Dr Gabi Schneider has been appointed as the president of the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS).
The announcement of her appointment was made during the annual general meeting (AGM) of the OAGS in Accra, Ghana, according to a media statement issued by the ministry on Wednesday.
Schneider had already served as vice-president of this organisation from 2010 to 2013.
OAGS strives to provide comprehensive information, support and capacity-building to geological surveys across Africa. The organisation assists member countries in their development through the establishment of information sources and means of technology transfer for their own use, as well as for the attraction of investment. It also aims to establish greater public and government understanding of the strategic importance, offerings and products of geological surveys throughout Africa. The mandate of the OAGS is to foster and sustain geo-science programmes and excellence on the African continent in the quest for socio-economic development and poverty alleviation, with special reference to mineral resource assessment, sustainable land use and development, hazard mitigation and environmental protection.
During her tenure as vice-president, Schneider was instrumental in retrieving and making available geo-science information on Africa held by European geo-science institutions, such as European geological surveys and universities.
She was also involved in bringing the 35th International Geological Congress to the African continent. This large gathering of geologists and other geo-scientists will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2016, and Schneider serves on the local organising committee. She will be at the helm of OAGS for the next three years.