Frik Hartzer of IGS recently visited the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The centre was established in 1977 as a regional (South and East African) centre of minerals knowledge (SEAMIC). In recent years it has expanded its mandate and is now an information and training centre for all aspects of African geology and geosciences. It was recently evaluated as a potential centre of geoscience excellence, as part of the implementation of the African Minerals and Geosciences Initiative (AMGI) strategy for the African Mining Vision (AMV). The centre is well situated at Kunduchi Beach away from the hustle and bustle of central Dar Es Salaam and has excellent conference and training facilities. Frik was hosted by Ibrahim Shaddad (Director General) and Mesfin Wubeshet Gebremichael (Geoinformation Service Manager).