​​​​​​​Minister Manyanya counsels local lawyers to be patriotic

10Feb 2020
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
​​​​​​​Minister Manyanya counsels local lawyers to be patriotic

​​​​​​​LAWYERS who represent the government in negotiating contracts with private companies should put the country’s interests first other than their own private gains.

Addressing delegates to a TerraLexAfrica Regional Congress 2020 that brought together lawyers and advocates from African members and held over the weekend in Dar es Salaam, Deputy Minister for Industries and Trade, Engineer Stella Manyanya said African law firms should not only concentrate on what they get paid by their clients but also exercise patriotism to their country.

Eng Manyanya said the government and other African governments understand and appreciate the vital role that legal practitioners play as a prime point of call for investors hence the need to work with them.

She however noted that for foreign law firms to be effective, it is imperative that they all have an excellent understanding of all the relevant laws of the countries they operate in.

“We urge TerraLex to motivate its members to be more proactive in this area. By being involved in more profitable activities, potential disputes between investors and host countries, fraud and corruption can be more easily avoided,” she added.

The Deputy Trade and Industry Minister further noted that her ministry is fully cognizant of the fact that the legal profession functioning at the intersection of investors and governments can and frequently does play an important advisory and very powerful advocacy role.

Engineer Manyanya said as part of its strategy to help achieve the goal of industrialization, the government has set for itself the mission of building a competitive industrial base that enables global business while taking into consideration the advantages of its geographic location and available resources.

“Conferences like this, and others, mean that there are many potentially lucrative opportunities for investment in Tanzania and we invite you to take the time to investigate them while you are here,” she urged.

On his part, Kamanga Kapinga who is Managing Partner of KW Kapinga and Partners, a law firm allied to TerraLex, said that the company is the only representative of TerraLex in Tanzania since 2016.

Kapinga said the global institution has 150 member firms, 19,000 lawyers in more than 110 countries with more than 28 years of successful collaboration.

“Our mission is to facilitate member business generation and cross-border collaboration alongside providing value added resources and services.We’ve established a sales pipeline approach that allows our team to work with member firms to identify appropriate opportunities, such as cross-border or multijurisdictional matters and then move those opportunities to closure,” he noted.