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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila has emphasised the importance of Africans taking responsibility for the custodianship and management of their mineral resources.

She delivered these remarks during the official opening of the Colloquium of African Geology in Windhoek.

Prime Minister Amadhila's statement aligns with Africa's ambitions to position itself as a global economic powerhouse, as outlined in the AU Agenda 2063.

"It is therefore reassuring to see a large gathering of African scientists under one roof striving for sustainable development and generating solutions for Africa. It is my expectation that the participants will own the stewardship of the African continent towards the realisation of its vision."

The colloquium, which brought together key stakeholders and experts in the geoscience field, focused on the theme of "the earth sciences and African development."

"In realisation of the imaging linking research, innovation, industry, and society, the GACf, while maintaining our strong scientific research orientation, is also getting more involved in reshaping arts, science, and professionalism for the benefit of all," said Professor Olugbenga Okunlola, President of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf).

This gathering serves as a platform to foster harmonious continental sustainable resource management and elevate geoscientific research.

Experts at the event are working towards generating solutions that will benefit Africa's extractive sector, with a strong emphasis on the involvement of law and policy experts.

The Colloquium of African Geology is a collaborative effort organised by the Ministry of Mines and Energy in partnership with various national and international stakeholders.

It represents a crucial step towards ensuring Africa's mineral resources are harnessed for the continent's development and the well-being of its people.

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