19 April 2013

Tanzania: Export of Timber Halted Till Further Notice

GOVERNMENT has suspended the export of timber so as to promote value addition of timber before it is exported. The Deputy Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Razaro Nyarandu, made this statement while responding to a supplementary question posed by Sarah Ally (Special Seats-) who had wanted to know what was government's intervention on the export of timber against the manufacture of school desks.

The Deputy Minister called upon institutions to seek permits to harvest wood for making desks in the country. The Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments (Education), Mr Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa, told the National Assembly that some 1,310,675 desks are required in the country.

Mr Majaliwa called on government authorities to set aside money for the development of school infrastructures including desks. Mr Majaliwa was responding to a basic question asked by Sarah Ally who wanted to know the reasons as why the government does not provide permits to councils to allow them purchase wood for making schools desks.

Mr Majaliwa told the National Assembly that the government provides funds for desks for municipalities and government provided 3bn/- in 2011/12 financial year to Municipal Councils for school desks. In 2012/13 financial year, the government provided- MR Nyarandu ed 1bn/- for desks

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