Addressing journalists here, TAMIDA national chairman Sam Mollel said that the association remembers president Mkapa for his great contribution to the review and amendment of the Mineral Act in 1998 something which opened doors to investors from inside and outside the country.
In its message of condolences to President John Magufuli, the association said that the country has got a huge storm following the departure of Mkapa who sacrificed his efforts to bring development to his people.
He recalled back in 1998 when Tanzania hosted the World Mineral Conference which attracted participants from various parts across the globe and the then President Mkapa assured gemstone traders and investors that Tanzanian was one of the safest places to invest.
“Few months after the meetings, Tanzania started to receive a number of traders and investors from various parts of the world. We also got opportunity to learn from expertise of various big traders which eventually brought positive impacts in the sector and the country at large,” he said.
He also said that TAMIDA will honour his legacy and all the good things he did for the sector and the country. “We remember in 2002, the late President Mkapa also allowed a delegation from the sector to go to the United States to conduct talks and market Tanzania globally,” Mollel added.
Mollel further said that the delegation helped to improve mineral extraction in the country. It also helped to strengthen intra-border mineral trade especially between Tanzania and USA,”
Mkapa who died of cardiac arrest in Dar es Salaam last Thursday was laid to rest at his home village of Lupasa in Masasi District, Mtwara Region, a ceremony attended by thousands of mourners.
President John Magufuli, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa were among top government officials present.
Former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete similarly made the trip to Lupaso.
Speakers showered the departed leader with praise for turning around Tanzania’s ailing economy after winning the first multiparty election in 1995.