17 May 2016

Tanzania: Govt Touts Use of SMS for Efficient Mining Businesses

Dar es Salaam — The government through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals has advised people who posses mining and exploration licences to use Short Message Services (SMS) as a major communication tools between them.

It believes that doing so will increase efficiency in the mining business.

The head of communication at the ministry, Ms Badra Masoud yesterday said the Information Technology (ICT) Unit in the ministry last week introduced SMS services in order to ensure that mining operators and investors access the ministry's communication services regarding acquisition of licenses, geological maps and other services at low cost.

"We believe that this is good news to all mines operators and investors because they are now able to communicate with responsible authorities within the ministry without hassles. They can now pay fees and royalties easily by combining SMS and our Online Mining Cadastre Transactional Portal (OMCTP)," she said.

The SMS and OMCTP allow all mining investors, researchers and operators to communicate with the responsible authorities efficiently from within and outside the country.

According to her, before 2015, there were many unnecessary complaints and conflicts within the mining sector because of the use of manual means of communication that had been causing bad flow of information and irrational decisions by responsible authorities.

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