Government has warned mineral smugglers stop such hideous activity as it hinders the country's effort towards economic growth.
Minister of Minerals Dotto Biteko told an international forum on mining that a total of 102 mineral smuggling cases have already occurred in the country.
He disclosed this at the Julius Nyerere Covention Centre in Dar es Salaam today (February 22, 2021).
"May I take this opportunity to condemn all those who are holding us back. A total of 102 cases of mineral smuggling have occurred here, and we have seized and nationalized minerals worth more than US $ 20 million," he said.
The minister said the mineral sector has played a big role in bringing in foreign currency in the country.
He appealed to investors to bring minerals from their different countries as Tanzania has a good market.
The three-day meeting will give special awards to miners in various categories as a way of recognizing their contribution to the mining sector.