On 11th February, 2019, the Minister of Minerals, Hon. Doto Mashaka Biteko (MP), officiated a two-day workshop for stakeholders to discuss the Proposed Mining (Mineral and Gem Houses) Regulations 2019, in Mwanza.

Jointly organised by UONGOZI Institute and the Ministry of Minerals, the Workshop aimed at broadening the knowledge of relevant stakeholders, developing a common understanding on issues related to the mining sector and deliberating on how best to enhance its contribution to national economic transformation.

The Workshop gathered about 100 District Commissioners, Directors of Local Government Authorities, District Administrative Secretaries, and Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners from twelve regions of Tanzania, namely Dodoma, Arusha, Geita, Shinyanga, Mara, Manyara, Kagera, Tabora, Singida, Mbeya, Morogoro and Ruvuma.

In his address, Minister Biteko underscored the significance of the Workshop to his Ministry and country as a whole.

“The Ministry of Minerals’ main goal is to ensure that the extractive sector contributes to the social and economic growth in our country,” he stated.

He went on to note the timeliness of the workshop, given the misinformation and misconceptions revolving around the mining sector. He urged urged participants to contribute their expertise to the discussion and to share their learning with the wider public.

Minister Biteko also observed Tanzania had not become a victim of the ‘resource curse’. In order for the nation to avoid this situation, he underlined the importance of transparency in the management of mineral revenues; citizens’ participation in decision making and implementation of development plans; the investment of mineral revenues into sustainable infrastructure and education projects; and raising public awareness on the natural resource management value chain.

On behalf of the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Mr. Kadari Singo (Head of Executive Education) stated that for about five years the Institute has been implementing programmes that aim to enhance natural resource management and promote local content in the sector.

“As a part of these programmes, we have offered training and technical support on natural resource management to the Government Negotiation Team and key ministries to ensure the sector reaps substantial benefits,” he stated.

He added, “This Workshop intends to raise awareness of the intended establishment of Mineral and Gem Houses and solicit views on how best to establish and operationalise them.”