20 June 2014

Tanzania: International Fishing Port in the Offing to Bolster Fisheries' Revenues

Dodoma — THE government has prepared a concept note for the construction of a fishing port as part of plans to strengthen control of lucrative deep sea fishing that for the time being does not benefit the nation.

Deputy Minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, Mr Kaika Telele said in Parliament that the concept note has been sent to the Planning Commission so that it can be included in implementation of national projects.

He said completion of the fishing port would enable foreign trawlers to dock and hence contribute in developing the fisheries sector by increasing employment opportunities and income for Tanzanians as well as revenue to the government.

Lack of a fishing port was one of the reasons advanced by the government for failing to collect revenue from foreign vessels involved in deep sea fishing.

The government is under pressure for failing to collect revenue from deep sea fishing, an alternative source of foreign currency pointed out by the Standing Parliamentary Budget Committee.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Andrew Chenge, accused the government of lack of creativity by concentrating on the same sources of revenue generation which led to a deficit on the 2013/14 budget.

Presenting an evaluation of the implementation of the 2013/14 budget and recommendation for the 2014/15 budget last Monday, Mr Chenge said the government had ignored advice from his committee on new sources of non-tax revenue which include deep sea fishing, hunting blocks forestry and mining.

"This government lacks creativity and does not want to take advice on new sources of revenue. We still call on the government to work on the advice given (on non-tax revenue)", he said.

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