The Liberian Government and the British Department for International Development (DFID) have signed a contract committing the British Geological Survey (BGS) to render technical support to the Liberia Geological Survey (LGS) for effective management of land-based minerals.
This was disclosed in the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy 2014 annual report released recently.
It said the terms of the contract called for the establishment of a mineral information system along with integrated mineral occurrence and geological samples databases and a documentation center, including the digitization of maps and a document management database.
The contract also called for the establishment of a laboratory to enable the LGS receive and process samples and undertake simple mineral exploration-related laboratory analyses, among others, the report pointed out.
It further stated that the contract required the installation of necessary computer hardware and software link via an appropriate computer network to support the laboratories and future work of the LGS.
Technical training in all aspects of hardware, software and laboratory equipment was part of the functions of the BGS and LGS, the report said.
According to the report, the contract called for mineral investment promotion, including the production of general and commodity specific brochures along with promotional minerals web pages.
The report indicated that staffs from the BGS worked in close partnership with their Liberian counterparts to ensure that scientific and technological knowledge were exchanged.