Mining stakeholders in Mwanza to discuss proposed amendment of mining

11Feb 2019
James Kandoya
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Mining stakeholders in Mwanza to discuss proposed amendment of mining

OVER 100 mining sector stakeholders from twelve regions across the country are today expected to partake at a two-day workshop aimed at discussing the proposed Mining (Mineral and Gem Houses) regulations, 2019.

Jointly organised by UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Minerals, the workshop will that will be held in Mwanza city—the second largest city in Tanzania after Dar es Salaam.

The meeting will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss the proposed mining (Mineral and Gem Houses) regulations, 2019.

According to UONGOZI Institute, the overall objective of the workshop will be to broaden the knowledge of relevant stakeholders, and develop a common understanding on issues relating to the mining sector and how best to enhance its contribution to national economic transformation.

The CEO of UONGOZI Institute Prof Joseph Semboja said:  “Specifically, the discussion will cover the proposed Mining (Mineral and Gem Houses) Regulations, 2019 in order to raise awareness of the intended establishment of Mineral and Gem Houses and solicit views on how best to establish and operationalise them.”

The Workshop will convene about 130 District Commissioners, Directors of Local Government Authorities, District Administrative Secretaries, and Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners from twelve regions of Tanzania, namely Dodoma, Arusha, Geita, Shinyanga, Mara, Manyara, Kagera, Tabora, Singida, Mbeya, Morogoro and Ruvuma.

Minister for Minerals, Doto Biteko is expected to  officiate the workshop and  four speakers will present namely- the  Mwanza Regional Commissioner; John Mongella, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mining; Prof Simon  Msanjila, and Commissioner for  Minerals, David Mulambwa,.

On January 27 this year, it was reported that just weeks after President John Magufuli convened a meeting with all mining dealers in the country; the government has ordered quick completion of minerals market regulations.

The move followed a recent stakeholders’ meeting with miners where the president said the high taxes imposed on mining sector were a cause for them to evade taxes, directing the ministry to quickly open up markets to reduce chances of tax evasion.

The ministry was said to be seeking ensure that it addresses the challenge of illegal exportation of minerals out of the country.

During a recent stakeholders meeting with miners, the president ordered the establishment of mining markets in all regions that aim to increase revenues and the production and sale of minerals.

Tanzania has over six million small scale miners and 600, 000 brokers, but their contribution to the economy was not being felt as most of them were not paying taxes as they were selling minerals using illegal routes.

 

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