Ouro Preto, Brazil, 12 Sept – Fourteen members of staff from the Mozambican Mining Ministry have been in Brazil since the beginning of the month to take part in a course to specialise in gemstones at the Ouro Preto Federal University.
The training, which will take 40 days, s taking place at the university under the terms of a cooperation agreement signed by the Ministry for Mining Resources and the Gourceix Foundation with a view to training Mozambican staff in the areas of mining resources and oil and gas.
During the course, the 14 members of staff from all of Mozambique’s provinces, amongst other subjects, will learn techniques for identification and classification of gems as well as gem cutting and polishing.
Mozambique has a Gemology and Cutting Centre operating in Nampula and training of technicians aims to provide the institution with staff. The centre offers courses on identification of precious stones for artisanal operators and members of the police force and customs services.
The Gorceix Foundation was set up in 1960 by a group of former students of the Mining School led by engineer Amaro Lanari, which aims to pay back the institution for the opportunities for growth that they were given there.
Founded as a philanthropic institution, the name of the foundation was chosen in homage to French professor Claude Henri Gorceix, who set up the Mining School, under the guidance of Emperor Dom Pedro II.
The foundation mainly aims to contribute to scientific and technological development of the mining sector, with the premise of social and environmental responsibility. (macauhub)