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Tanzania vows to control illegal exports of minerals  

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities said on Thursday they were working hard to control illegal exports of minerals from mining sites.

Angellah Kairuki, the Minister for Minerals, said the government was making final touches toward the construction of seven stations that will offer training on minerals processing, safe mining and value addition in efforts to increase revenues from the sector.

She made the remarks in the capital Dodoma at the opening of an extractive sector conference organized by the HakiRasilimali, a platform of civil society organizations working on strategic issues around minerals, oil and gas extraction in Tanzania.

Kairuki said the ministry has prioritized areas to improve the mining sector and entire extractive industry at large.

She said some of the key priorities included accountability in the mining sector and the entire extractive industry to broaden and strengthen the revenue collection in the sector.

“We are confident that we will succeed in the program since we have strategies to improve inspections and controls at small and medium scale mines in order to get the right information on investments, production, sales and taxes,” said the minister.

Ronald Kasuga, chairman of HakiRasilimali Board of Directors, said the national conference was aimed at discussing and reflecting deeply on how the sector can promote development in the country.

Kasuga said despite being rich in natural resources, Tanzania continued to be poor.

“Recent estimates put the number of those living below the poverty line at 12 million,” he said. The population of the east African country is estimated at 55 million people.

He added that to continue addressing poverty challenges, the extractive sector in Tanzania has undergone major shifts in terms of policy and regulatory framework since 2016.

Kasuga said the essence of the shifts was aimed at enabling the country to harness full economic potential from its mining and gas sectors.

           

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