Today I visited the Information Centre in the Geological Survey, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A very positive experience! Those of you who have also been in such institutions in other developing countries will understand my pleasure after looking at the pictures below. Ask yourself – when last did you see such a well-organised setup?
My pleasure only increased when I was able to obtain the requested information (some geological maps, general reports about the geology and mineral potential of Ethiopia, etc.) onto a USB stick. Took about 15 minutes. I know I'm working as a World Bank consultant right now, but I understand that anyone from the public or from any mining or exploration company could obtain the same information for a very nominal fee.
The Centre was clearly under pretty strong leadership, long may it continue!