20 November 2012

Tanzania: Small-Scale Miners to Pay Due Taxes

Photo: Tommy Trenchard/IRIN
Artisanal diamond miners at work in an open-pit mine.

THE government is preparing Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) data base aimed at expanding revenue collection among small scale miners.

Addressing a Consultative Meeting on Public-Private Partnership Initiative in Dar es Salaam, Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Stephen Masele, said the exercise to be completed in December 2012 would facilitate the government to identify the small scale miners.

"This will help the government to provide small scale miners with technical and financial support", said the minister. He pointed out that the government has already prepared the framework on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the government to engage with the private sector to achieve optimal delivery of socio-economic goods and services.

"The PPP approach offers an opportunity to develop creative approaches to engage stakeholders, coordinate activities, and the leverage resources and expertise to achieve shared objectives in the mining sector," he said.

Mr Masele said that the major challenge was the conflict between the Large Scale Miners and Artisanal and Small Scale Miners as they tend to compete over the same resources, saying the conflicts have become a major operational concern for LSM.

Minerals Commissioner in Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr Ali Samaje, said the development of ASM activities in various parts of the country particularly in areas around large scale mining projects would create harmony between LSM, ASM and the local communities.

"This will further improve security issues in the mining sector which has been a problem to some of the large scale mining projects," said Mr Samaje. He said despite of creating a large number of employments, the ASM was still conducted in a very primitive way due to lack of financial support, modern tools, reliable market and skills.

The meeting with the theme "PPP Initiative to Improve Sustainability of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) was aimed at exchanging views and building a consensus on the way forward for implementing the PPP for sustainability progress of ASM.

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