GST in Nutshell
Organisational Structure
GST Roles & Functions

GST in NutShell

The Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) is a national geological research centre operating under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals

  • First established in 1925 with the objective of speeding up development of mineral resources of the Tanganyika Territory.
  • Based in Dodoma since 1926
  • In 2005 established as a Government Agency by The Executive Agency Act No. 30,  [CAP 245] of 1997,
  • Permanent staff 107
  • Financial resources obtained from charges for services rendered, sales of maps and information, from the Government and Research Partners
  • The activities are guided by the medium term strategic plan.
  • Custodian of the national geoscientific data and information collected since mid 1880’s.
  • Promoter of investment in the mineral sector.
  • Builder of the knowledge of mineral resources potential and the general geo-science of the country.
  • Institutional credibility and good reputation built over the past eighty years (80) of operation.
  •  Capability to advise the government on technical issues regarding mineral exploration, mining, geohazards and other geoscientific consultancies. 
  • IT and communication facilities
  • Data storage and retrieval facilities (servers)

Cooperation with other institutions:

The Geological Survey of Tanzania cooperates with other national and international institutions engaged in earth sciences, including Geological Surveys the world over and Universities.

This undertaking has been going on through the years and dates as far back as the 1950s. Some of the institutions and areas of cooperation include the following:

National institutions

  • University of Dare s Salaam – training, research and consultancy
  • Southern and Eastern Africa Mineral Centre (SEAMIC) – research, training and consultancy
  • Tanzania Bureau of Standards – proficient testing programmes
  • Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) – research
  • National Development Corporation – consultancy services
  • Mineral Resources Institute – training and consultancy
  • Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA)- research

International institutions:

  • Geologian TutkimusKeskus (GTK) of Finland. – training, geological mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys  and laboratory services
  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rhohstoffe (BGR) – research (geothermal energy , industrial minerals) gold and base metals exploration, training and air borne geophysical surveys and geological mapping
  • GEUS – Geological and environmental research.
  • Geological Survey of Mozambique – Cross Border Mapping
  • Council for Geosciences – Map production and training
  • Royal Museum for central Africa (RMCA)  -Researches in Geology, geothermal, seismic and training
  • British Geological Survey – Geological Mapping
  • US Geological Survey (USGS) - Geological mapping, remote sensing and seismic activities (monitoring of geohazards)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (through Japanese oil, gas and metal – JOGMEC) - Geological mapping, remote sensing and mineral exploration.