Inasikitisha kwa jinsi tusivyoona umuhimu wa research au niseme elimu kwa ujumla. Tuko radhi kusamehe kodi wageni wanaokuja kwa visingizio vya kuwa investors, wakati ni wafanyabiashara wa kawaida wanaotafuta faida, lakini elimu yetu tunazidi kuiminya na kuibebesha kodi kwa vile tu hao waTZ wanaoshiriki kwenye hizo tafiti, wanapata ka-income kadogo ka-kuwafanya wajihimu katika hizo tafiti. Huu sijui ni umbumbu, wivu au ni kitu gani. Hivi kweli kwa mwelekeo huu tutafikaa...??? Universities censure tax on research funds DEOGRATIAS MUSHI in Arusha Daily News; Tuesday,March 11, 2008 @17:02 TANZANIA Revenue Authority (TRA) has been criticised for its recent decision to impose tax on funds dedicated to research in universities and other higher learning institutions in the country. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, The Vice-Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania, Professor Tolly Mbwette, said the move would retard efforts to equip the country of learned professionals. Professor Mbwette said that he has recently received a circular from TRA, instructing him that all monies dedicated to researches should be taxed, to enable the government collect more revenue. "We are against this decision because it sounds illogical and it would cause big confusion while researchers undertake crucial assignments. It is a big mistake to impose this kind of tax", said Professor Mbwette. He added that most funds dedicated to various researches are donated by individuals and organisations which would not like to see it being deducted in any way. Recently, some donor countries have embarked on projects to support activities of local researchers, to enable them become professionals. For instance, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam has set aside approximately NOK 25 million over five years (20072011) to support bilateral co-operation projects between Tanzanian and Norwegian institutions of higher education and research. Last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU), also entered into an agreement about the Tanzania-Norway NUFU Programme. It aims at supporting academic co-operation in the area of management of natural resources, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, with a focus on good governance and a reliable public administration. Most academicians fear that such the tax imposition on research may frustrate donors' efforts and eventually pull out from supporting such projects.