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Tanzania goes beyond EITI; the Government audits copper concentrate

April 12, Dar es Salaam,

Tanzania President John Magufuli yesterday swore-in and assigned the second expert team to undertake comprehensive evaluation and appraisal of copper concentrate exported by Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) from Tanzania to Japan, China and Germany for smelting.

The team will analyse the quantity, quality, price, monetary value, government revenue duly collected, relevant laws regulating export of copper concentrate, annual freight quantity, and various types and quantities of minerals recovered from smelting of copper concentrate since 1998, when foreign mining operations started in Tanzania, up to 2017.

The expert team was tasked to delve into and analyse various reports and documentations, and report back to the President in real time, thus allow Government decide on the copper concentrate export ban imposed recently – a statement issued in Dar es Salaam by the Directorate of Presidential Communications stated.

The team is composed of renowned economists and lawyers – Professor Nehemiah Eliachim Osoro, Professor Longinus Kyaruzi Rutasitara, Dr Oswald Joseph Mashindano and Mr Gabriel Pascal Malata. Others are Mr Casmir Sumba Kyuki, Ms Butamo Kasuka Philip, Mr Usaje Benard Usubisye and Andrew Wilson Massawe.

Similarly, a couple of weeks ago, the President constituted, swore-in and assigned a team of geologists, chemists and scientists to conduct scientific investigation, evaluation and analysis of minerals contained in the containerized cargo of copper concentrate [276 (8ft x 8.5ft x 40ft) containers] interjected in the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) yard during freight clearance, before shipping of the stuff to Germany. The team will work and report back to the President in 20 days.

The president noted it was high time the country benefited from her endowed natural resources, and that he would not live to see the country resources benefit foreigners while locals were suffering.

 

Source: TEICS News Analysis Desk 

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