Tanzania, Burundi pact on processing minerals

17Feb 2021
Correspondent
Kigoma
The Guardian
Tanzania, Burundi pact on processing minerals

TANZANIA and Burundi have initiated talks on how to improve exploitation and joint processing of mineral resources found in the two countries.

Tanzanian Ambassador to Burundi Dr Jilly Maleko.

The talks which kicked off here yesterday were attended by Tanzanian Ambassador to Burundi Dr Jilly Maleko and the Charge d’Affaires at the Burundian Embassy in Tanzania, Kabura Cyriaque.

The two countries are rich in gold, copper, uranium, tungsten, nickel, tin, limestone, soda ash and salt resources, noted Ambassador Maleko.

He stated that the two countries have for long been cooperating in political and cultural affairs, as well as maintenance of peace in Burundi.

“We have decided that it is time to cooperate on mining and value addition of natural resources found in the two countries,” the envoy elaborated.

 He said the talks would dwell on joint processing and exportation of minerals so as to reduce the cost that would have been borne for duplication of these processes.

 Ambassador Kabura said that resolutions reached will see the two countries reaping benefits of living and working together in peace and harmony.

“It is our hope and belief that this cooperation will result in these neighbouring and friendly countries benefiting more from their natural resources than before,” he declared.

Acting Regional Administrative Secretary, Samuel Tenga said in his opening remarks that apart from benefits to the nation, Kigoma region in particular is positioned to reap more benefits.

“Implementation of this cooperation accord will culminate in establishment of mineral processing plants in the region, which translates into new job opportunities for people of the region,” he said.

 Apart from direct and indirect jobs expected from the processing plants, the entire regional economy will expand because of additional money in circulation and new businesses to serve the projected workforce.

Limestone and salt alone have the potential to lift thousands of people in the region out of poverty if mining and processing of the same is improved, the acting RAS added.

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