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Not all minerals in Tanzania are exploited

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    [TD="class: createdate"]Monday, 21 November 2011 21:11[/TD]
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    [TD]By Zephania Ubwani

    The Citizen Bureau Chief

    Arusha. Only ten per cent of minerals that have been found in Tanzania are being mined. The rest are still intact underground, it was announced here.

    The acting permanent secretary in the ministry of Energy and Minerals Mr Eliakim C. Maswi, told members of the Tanzania Mineral Dealers' Association (Tamida) that the country was yet to fully exploit its mineral resources.

    "Nickel is found in Kagera, uranium in Bahi and Mkuju, gold in Handeni, tanzanite in Manyara and gemstones everywhere. I also hear there is oil in the Lake Rukwa basin," he said when he addressed local entrepreneurs in the mining sector at an Arusha hotel.

    He said the country was also not benefiting much either because most of the minerals are exported in raw form or due to tax evasion by mineral dealers. Some minerals, notably the gemstones, were also being exported illegally, he added.

    The acting PS said Tanzania was already a mining giant in Africa, but said the vast mineral resources extracted from beneath the country's soils each year have not revitalised the economy much like other countries with such mineral potentials.

    Mr Maswi wondered why there were hundreds of tanzanite dealers in Arusha, yet Tamida had only 40 licensed members. He hinted the low number was enough indication that many of them did so deliberately to avoid taxation or engage in unofficial deals.

    He said although the government had taken measures to ensure the country benefited from the minerals, especially from the gemstones, its efforts were being frustrated by illegal exports of the minerals or the export of the minerals in raw form.

    He cited tanzanite, a gemstone not found elsewhere in the world except Tanzania, which is exported in raw form to India and Thailand where the processing industries have benefited the economies of the two Asian countries rather than the country of origin. A few years ago, the government announced that only locally processed tanzanite would be exported.

    Also from now onwards only nationals would be allowed to mine the rare gem and if they have foreign partners, the locals must have more than 50 per cent shares.

    The ban on raw tanzanite exports was announced in a Government Notice No. 146 of April 2010, which was made to conform with the 2009 Mineral Policy and new legislation in 2010.The government had expressed the need to stop export of raw gemstones way back in 2003.
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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Good but are we aiming for the locals to own the Mines? why Kikwete GVT refused Mengi permit to mine GOLD and gave it to foreigners?
     
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