30 November 2012

Tanzania: Govt Vows to Boost Small-Scale Mining

THE government has set aside 8.9bn/- to support small-scale miners in the country aimed at boosting the economy and reducing unemployment.

The Minister for Energy and Minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo, said this during the energy and minerals stakeholders and local authorities meeting in Mwanza.

"We have plans to meet small-scale miners in Dodoma soon, to discuss the best way to boost small-scale miners through supporting them with modern tools," Professor Muhongo said.

He said that the government is unwavering to support small -scale miners for them to use modern paraphernalia. Professor Muhongo noted that the government's aim is to support them with modern equipment which will bring performance efficiency when executing their duties in order to boost their income.

It is evident that smallscale miners have been earning 259bn/- annually, through their traditional mining methods and government has been receiving from them only 5bn/- and this is due to tax evasion.

He said that the government will make sure that they support them with modern tools and it will be a good chance to collect Tax without impediments. Muhongo also said that in order for the country to develop economically its people must have knowledge, technology and innovation.

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