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Tanzania's Mining Sector Contributed Around 2.3% To Annual GDP In 2008

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    Invisible Admin Staff Member

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    Tanzania Mining Report Q3 2009
    (From Business Monitor International)

    As this report went to press, there was still uncertainty surrounding Tanzania’s proposed new Mining Act that was originally scheduled to be presented to parliament in February 2009. The government has given no reason for the delay in tabling this bill, which will reportedly make significant alterations to mining sector legislation. Although the government has said that is in the final process of consultation before tabling the bill, a spokesman for Barrick Gold Tanzania was quoted by Dow Jones in April 2009 as saying that the government had not yet sought advice from his company.

    Although the bill is yet to be tabled, reports suggest the government wants to take a 10% stake in all Tanzanian gold mines, remove tax breaks and incentives for mining companies, alongside increasing royalty payments. This follows recommendations made by a presidential review committee.

    Certainly, there is an argument that Tanzania is not benefiting from mining activity to the same extent as some of its African neighbours. A 2008 report from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre estimated that the combined loss to the country over the past seven years, as a result of low royalty rates, unpaid corporation taxes, and tax evasion by major gold mines, amounted to some US$400mn. Although mining companies have disputed the basis for the report, and questioned some of the figures used, it has had the effect of stirring up public anger that somehow Tanzania is not gaining its ‘fair share’ from mining extraction.

    The mining industry of Tanzania is relatively small in terms of value, but its importance is highlighted by the fact that mining earns a substantially significant share of the export revenues for the country. At the present time, the mining sector contributes around 2.3% to annual GDP, but the government wishes to expand this to 10% by 2025.

    Traditionally, gold and diamond production has been the mainstay of mining production for the country.

    The nation is the third-largest gold producer in Africa behind South Africa and Ghana, and ranks among the top producers of diamonds in the world. In recent times, another metal that has been catching the spotlight is uranium – with a significant number of deposits being identified in Tanzania. Besides these, coloured gemstones are also mined extensively in the country.

    Following trade liberalisation in the 1990s, the mining industry has been growing rapidly in Tanzania.

    Characterised by large-scale mechanised mines owned primarily by foreign entities, the industry is burdened by several negatives. Topping the list is the lack of a good infrastructural system that discourages potential investment in the industry. Adherence to safety and environmental standards in mining is also abysmal. Further, procedural delays substantially increase the cost of business.

    Nonetheless, with the government making fervent attempts to streamline the management of resources in the country, prospects look bright for its mining industry. Also, the discovery of substantial uranium deposits has been successful in diverting the focus of the international community to Tanzania – which translates into a strong possibility of much-needed capital inflow into the country.

    In June 2009, President Jakaya Kikwere unveiled a TZS1.7trn stimulus package to help the domestic economy weather the ongoing global financial crisis. At the same time, the president said that producers of diamonds and other gemstones will be exempt from paying royalties to the government for the next two years, in an effort to keep production continuing at a time of low demand. This move could see the government lose some US$500,000 from diamond sales and US$2.5mn from tanzanite sales, according to a recent report on Bloomberg.

    On page 9 of this report, the phenomenon of increased Chinese activity in the global mining sector is examined and what this means for the industry moving forward.

    Alterations have been made to the Company Profile for Williamson Diamonds, to reflect its new ownership by UK-based Petra Diamonds.

    Industry Forecast Tanzania’s mineral industry, particularly gold mining, is likely to grow in the near future, with increased production from the North Mara mine and the development of projects such as Buckreef and Tulawaka.

    The report forecasts the mining industry in Tanzania to reach a value of US$0.50bn by 2013, contributing around 1.5% to the nation’s GDP.


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    (Companiesandmarkets.com and OfficialWire)

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    MiratKad JF-Expert Member

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    Oh dear!! Are these responses by JK knee-jerk reactions, and copying what everybody else is doing in the West-dishing out stimulus packages, or he's actually worked our the loss Tz would stand to make?
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    Froida JF-Expert Member

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    I am totally disappointed only 2.3% as the contribution to the GDP,the JKs government must be ashamed,hope things will change soon,if he decides to do so
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    Nyauba JF-Expert Member

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    how about linkages with other sectors like agriculture, energy, manufacturing, etc...
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    RealTz77 JF-Expert Member

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    shame upon we tz's, mining in total should have been more than 50%, by the way only few vigogos are benefiting from mining, they do business like supplying etc
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    My fear is that Kikwete's stimulus package for the miners will continue until he is out of office, if not longer if CCM is allowed to continue. I do not think for once that his government is serious about revising the agreements signed with the so called investors.
  7. Robweme

    Robweme Senior Member

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    aha! aha! aha! u still have a dream of overthrowing sisiemu, what next pary anyway? Cuf?
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    Mr II Senior Member

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    Nchi hii haitakuwa faidika na madini kwa kiwango cha kulidhisha kama nchi zilizo fanikiwa kama Botswana na South Africa. Pamoja na mabadiliko yaliyo pendelezwa Swali la kujiuliza ni kwa nini hatutafaidika?. Jibu lake ni kwamba Mashirka ya kimataifa wametudanganya tufanye kitu ambacho hata wao hawafanyi hivyo kwenye nchi zao. Wao wametushauri kwamba serikali iondoke kabisha katika shughuri za uzalishaji. Nchi kama Botswana ambao wanafaidika na madini yao serikari zina hisa kwenye migodi na wanashiriki kikamilifu katika kuendesha biashara hizo, wana makampuni yanafanya uzaji wa madini, hivyo hawadanganywi na makampuni kuhusu mtaji ulio tumika na kuwa wanapata hasara kila mwaka hivyo wasilipe kodi(coorporate tax). Ebu ona tusivyo makini na uchumi wetu!! serikali yetu haijui kila mgodi unazalisha kiasi gani, wala thamani ya madini hayo, pia hawana uhakika wa mitaji halisi ya wawekezaji hao. Kifupi kama kweli tunataka kufaidika na raslimali za nchi hii tusiwaachie wageni tu wazalishe eti sisi tusubiri kupewa kodi tu. shiriki ndipo utafaidika. Nashauri tuache safari za Marekani twende nchi kama Botswana tukajifunze wenzetu walivyofanya mpaka wanafaidika na madini yao ambayo yanachangia karibu 50% ya mapato ya taifa.
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    Ndahani JF-Expert Member

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    Very sad story