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Tanzanian miners call for lifting export ban on metallic minerals

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Miners in Tanzania on Thursday appealed to the government to lift the ban on exports of all concentrates and ore metallic minerals.

A statement issued by Ami Mpungwe, Chairman for Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME), said some mining companies faced imminent closure under the ban due to loss of revenues from the sale of concentrates.

“This negative development will also adversely affect the government’s revenue collection targets,” said Mpungwe.

Earlier this month, Tanzanian President John Magufuli through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals banned the export of unprocessed metallic mineral concentrates and ores such as gold, copper, nickel and silver.

The ministry said the move was aimed at ensuring mineral value-addition activities be carried out within the East African country.

“Mineral value addition activities will provide employment opportunities, revenues and technology transfer, hence more benefits to the nation,” said the ministry in a statement.

But Mpungwe said Thursday the ban would significantly reduce taxes and royalties collected by the government from the mining sector.

The ministry said all companies and individuals that were exporting concentrates and mineral ores to foreign countries for beneficiation, including processing, smelting or refining, should stop immediately, and start doing such activities within the country.

It added that the government would provide necessary support to stakeholders involved in mineral beneficiation activities within the country, particularly the smelting and refining of minerals.

Major companies that have been affected by the ban include AngloGold Ashanti, Africa’s largest gold miner, and Acacia Mining that could be significantly impacted considering that nearly 30 percent of its revenue come from Tanzania.



UN seeks to raise 1.3 bln USD to finance development plan in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official said on Thursday the global agency was seeking to raise more than 1.3 billion U.S. dollars to finance its second phase development plan for Tanzania.

Alvaro Rodrigues, the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, said the plan called United Nations Development Assistance Plan II (UNDAP II) focused on health, democratic governance and gender equality, among others.

Rodrigues told the press in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the plan, whose implementation started in June last year, will cover five years.

He said despite the challenges in the course of implementing the plan, the UN remained optimistic that it would realize targets set in the plan.

He said during implementation of UNDAP I, the UN faced a number of challenges including poor enabling environment, capacity and financial constraints as well as data challenges.

“By working together with the government and local communities, we are hopeful of resolving the challenges and meeting the targets,” said Rodrigues.

He said: “UNDAP is the first single coherent plan for the whole of the UN in Tanzania. Some 87 percent of its planned budget (in UNDAP I) was successfully mobilized and delivered while 97 percent of its outcomes and targets were also completed or partially completed.”

Meanwhile, Rodriguez told the journalists that the UN team in the country will continue to engage the government over issues pertaining to media operations.



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