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Tanzanians in Diaspora Offer Revenue Hints

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    Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe

    Tanzanians in Diaspora are proposing a suitable mechanism of taxing Tanzanian investors and businesspeople living abroad in a spirited drive to boost up the country's revenue-base.

    This comes as reports say that the government is losing a lot of money in terms of taxes from investments and businesses owned by Tanzanians living abroad due to lack of a sophisticated formula to collect the revenue from its citizens abroad.

    An association of Tanzanians living in the United States in collaboration with the government will next month organize a Diaspora meeting during which the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and other related institutions would be invited to study ways of collecting revenues from Diaspora Tanzanians.

    "We expect to organize a big Diaspora meeting on July 1 up to 4, this year in the US. This time around, we have invited TRA so that they learn from their US counterparts how to collect taxes and other revenues from their citizens living outside," said Alfred Mkunga, Country Director of Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA), on the sideline of the second Diaspora stakeholders meeting organized by the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry.

    The focus of the Diaspora meeting scheduled for US, according to Mkunga, is to find out, among other issues, appropriate approach through which Tanzania Diaspora in different parts of the world could significantly contribute to the country's development.

    "Of course, discussions will take place in the US but what will come out of the meeting would be applied for Tanzanians living in different countries. I am sure, TRA and relevant government institutions will be exposed to formulas used by other countries in collecting revenues from their people living outside," said the DICOTA director.

    "The idea is to make sure that Tanzanians living inside and outside the country contribute to the development of the country…I believe, there are many Tanzanians in the US, UK and elsewhere in the world, who could make positive contributions in these endeavours," he added.

    Another leader of Tanzania Diaspora association in the United Kingdom, Emmanuel Tayali, mentioned lack of linkages between the government institutions and local Tanzania Diaspora, something which he said slows down the speed of contribution of Tanzanians living abroad.

    There are a number of Tanzanians living outside, according to Tayali, who could immensely contribute to the country's economy but they lack government support that could link them with national investment and business institutions.

    "We have to do something to assist these local Diaspora in UK, US and other developed world, by linking them with organs like the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) and Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC)," said Tayali, adding: "Diaspora have great potential to support our country, but they lack linkages."

    The meeting also discussed the problem of lack of organisation amongst Tanzania Diaspora, a critical drawback in the realisation of meaningful contribution of Tanzanians living outside the country.

    Head of Diaspora Desk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bertha Somi, said the government is working out strategies in collaboration with Diaspora leaders in identifying Tanzanians living abroad, what they are doing, which cities and streets they live in.

    "While the government is trying to organise them, Tanzanian Diaspora themselves currently living outside and ex-Diaspora should assist us in the identification process and coordination of their activities," said Somi.
    Opening the second Diaspora meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, reiterated the government commitment to engage the Diaspora in the country's development processes.

    In a speech read on his behalf by the ministry's Permanent Secretary, Sazi Salula, the minister said the government would continue encouraging and assisting Tanzanians in the Diaspora to organize themselves in formal associations to facilitate contact and communication.

    "In this context, the government is committed to support and facilitate their stay abroad as well as their return. We will continue to improve communication between the homeland and Tanzanians of the Diaspora," said Membe.

    Diaspora stakeholders yesterday proposed to the government, among other things, the speeding up of enactment of the act on dual citizenship, deploy professional commercial experts to its embassies abroad, improve banking processes, reduce costs of transferring money to Tanzania from abroad, in a quest to support Tanzania Diaspora and fast-track their contributions to the country's economy.


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    THE GUARDIAN
     
  2. Yegomasika

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    Hawa jamaa bwana mi siwaelewi, mnataka tax kutoka kwa hawa watu wakati tayari walio wengi ni raia wa nchi wanazoishi sasa hivi~ au hiyo dual citizenship imeshapitishwa nini?.
     
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    First, the country needs to strengthen its revenue collection from entities within the country before venturing elsewhere. Besides, when systems to identify Tanzanians even internally and accord them voting flexibility (wherever they are in the country or outside) do not exist, when foreigners can easily acquire and discard Tanzania's citizenship for convenience, why would one make an issue of Tanzania's diaspora fiscal obligations to the country at this point in time? Let's for once get serious with our priorities.
     
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    Hao nao wanajipendekeza.Kikwete alivyokuwa anatembelea Watanzania wa nje 2005 watu walimuuliza watachangiaje kifedha, akasema basically hahitaji visenti vyetu na anaogopa lawama , kama mtu anataka kusaidia atume pesa kwa ndugu au kijijini kwao.

    Utalipa kodi halafu hela zitaishia kununua mi radar, kubomoa na kupanua bunge, kuileta Brazil, na upuuzi mwingine kama huo.Nani anataka upuuzi huu?
     
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    Hela wanaitaka, lakini dual citizenship hawaitaki~stukeni.
     
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    kama hawajaukana utz hapo watakuwa na cha kuongea na wanatakiwa kusikilizwa, lakini kama waliukana kabisaa huu utanzania mtamu huu, kwakweli watusamehe tu, wasitusumbue sana, na hela hizo walizonazo wazitume kwa kina shangazi na bibi huko bongo...ni uhaini mkubwa kuukana utz...samahani kwa watakaokwazika...ombeni Mungu awape second chance kuurudia utz some day!

    ati mi niukane utz afu niwe m...mjeremani, sijui mungeresa, sijui mmerekani you know waramseying!, sijui mdenimark, sijui mtaliano....niikane hii tz land of kilimanjaro &Zanzibar kabisaa?..subutu..nianze kuomba visa kwenda Tarakea/Kibaoni aka Rombo kwa bibi,...sijui mitaa ya gangilonga na kihesa iringa kwa visa?noooooooooooooooooooooooo
     
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    Mkuu huo utanazania wako umekusaidia niniu mpaka sasa
    tuliangalia katika hiyo miaka 50 ya uhuru kilicho improve ni uchicha na uchawi
    Kwa kifupi tunakwambia kalaga baho jambo usilolijua ni kama usiku wa kiza
     
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    Kuna mawazo fulani yako so 1980, kwa taarifa yako tu concept nzima ya utaifa inakufa.
     
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    Kwani nyie sio watz? semeni tuwasaidie kupiga kampeni ya dual citizenship hapa ili mrudi mfaidi ze lendi of kilimanjaro and zanzibar! @Kiranga and Mkora!
     
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    By ROSE ATHUMANI,

    THE government has unequivocally recognized Tanzanians of the Diaspora as among the country's economic development stakeholders and will support and facilitate their stay and return from abroad.

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, whose speech was today read on his behalf by the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Mr Sazi Salula, noted that the government will support and facilitate their stay and return from abroad.

    ''I would like to reiterate here that having resolved to engage Tanzanian living abroad, the government is committed to support and facilitate their stay in abroad as well as their return,'' Mr Membe stressed.

    Last year, the official Diaspora remittances are estimated at 14 million USD (about 20.7bn/-), however the figure is believed to be higher. This figure was however indicated in this year's national budget.

    ''Those in Diaspora should be equipped to serve as agents of the image of Tanzania abroad,'' the minister's speech noted, adding that the government has noted the need to continue improving communication with Tanzanian Diaspora.

    The ministry resolved to continue sensitizing people to dispel beliefs that migration is negative and to build capacity on how to effectively tap for the Tanzanian Diasporas.

    The minister noted that the major challenge for Tanzanian Diaspora was development of database which would help know the number of Tanzanians living in the Diaspora.

    ''We need to know where they are located and what they are doing, how they can contribute to the country's development and of course what their needs are,'' he said.

    In bid to have some sort of database, the ministry has been encouraging Tanzanians travelling abroad to register and keep updating their personal details at the country's diplomatic missions.

    Forming an associations was also noted as another possibility that would help contribute to the database, the minister said.

    ''We also plan to engage other organization that work with migrants such as the World Bank, Intentional Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who have expresses support on this,'' he explained.

    Mr Membe noted that the recently formed Tanzanian Association in the UK has started developing a shared online database.

    The next Diaspora conference to be held in Minnesota USA early next month (1-4th July) seeks to bring together members of the Tanzanian Diaspora in USA, Tanzanian private sector and government officials and key decision makers and US investors with interest in investing in Tanzania.

    Mr Alfred Nkunga, Diaspora Council of Tanzanian in America (DICOTA) country director said US has the best farmers and would be ideal in investing and spearheading Kilimo Kwanza Initiative.

    He noted that among those invited include Tanzania Revenue Authority who would among other revenue issues learn from their US counterparts.

    Today's meeting, whose theme is 'Shared Ownership of the Diaspora Engagement Process,' was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).



    http://www.dailynew s.co.tz/home/ ?n=10793&cat=home
     
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    Mkuu bora upige kampeni muwarudishie tuu Waingereza ili muinjoy kama Australi, New zealand na wengineo
    Muafrika Kujiongoza mchezo ?
     
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