6 February 2013

Tanzania: Developers Warned On Land Restrictions

PROPERTY developers abusing directives that restrict them to developing land 60 metres away from the coast line will now face consequences that include having their buildings demolished.

This announcement was made in Parliament yesterday by the Deputy Minister of Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development Mr Goodluck Ole Medeye who stressed that illegal land developers will face strong government action.

"All hotel developers at beaches and in coastal areas have been instructed to leave 60 metres from the coast line. Anyone who violates this legal order will face the music and have their structures demolished," he said.

The Deputy Minister was responding to a question asked by Ms Magdalena Sakaya (Special Seat, CUF) who called for government action against intruders along the coast and economic loss caused by selling land at beaches to foreigners.

Earlier on, the MP suggested for the government reviews an Act which gives rights to foreigners to own land for many years, suggesting the lease period should not exceed 20 years. Reacting, Mr Ole Medeye said that currently the Law allows for foreign investment of 98 years but said the government was ready to put up a precautionary review of the Act.

"Some of land investments take very long to be accomplished we will have to make sure reviewing this Act does not stall investments," he said. He said his Ministry is preparing regulations on small island developments to ensure safe upkeep and conservation of tourism activities without affecting the country's defence and security state.

TANZANIA attracted more than 3.8 million tourists over the last five years who spent 6.2 billion US Dollars (about 8tril/-) according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Mr Adam Malima told the Parliament yesterday that Tanzania is on average attracting more than 700,000 visitors annually and the number keeps on increasing every year with 2011 breaking the record of receiving 867,994 tourists.

He was responding on behalf of the Ministry to Mr Kombo Khamis Kombo (Magogoni, CUF) who wanted to know how many tourists visit the country and the revenue collected. He said records show that more tourists are coming to Tanzania thanks to the country's efforts to promote its tourism attractions.

In addition more tourists are aware of the attractions found in the country that were formerly believed to be found in the neighbouring Kenya. "Although Kenya is doing well in the service industry hence winning many tourists, records and strategies show that we are now improving in this area," Mr Kombo said.

In his supplementary question, Mr Kombo wanted to know government's strategy to form its own campaign of promoting tourism attractions including countering Kenya's long time campaign with the slogan "Come to Kenya and climb Mount Kilimanjaro". The Deputy Minister said Tanzania is leading in tourism attractions in East Africa region particularly in areas of

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