23 February

Tanzania is safe and open for business in the mining sector


"The government has made several changes in the mining business from mining operations to mineral buying and selling. All of it is aimed at improving the sector as a whole. Some of the changes covered legal reforms; streamlining the minerals’ market system; review of taxes and levies; safety and security of miners and their property; and putting in place a friendlier revenue collection system in order to create a conducive environment that can attract more investors in mining activities."

10 October

The mining sector in Tanzania is experiencing an exponential growth


"The contribution of the Tanzanian mining sector to the country’s GDP grew by 2.5% from 2018 to 2021, jumping to 7.3% from 4.8%, inching closer to government projections.

This information was disclosed by the Mining Commission executive secretary Yahya Samamba, who noted during a press briefing on the 9th of October, 2022 that the country's mining sector was following the intended trend based on the administration’s promise.

During her inaugural speech, the then-newly-elected president of Tanzania, President Samia Suluhu Hassan, promised that her administration would do everything within its power to increase the mining contribution to at least 10 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. Yesterday the mining commissioner remarked that they were right on track."

24 May

How government plans to boost mining’s GDP contribution to 10 percent before 2025


"The steps include inviting new investors, embracing public-private partnership, removal of nuisance taxes and charges, empowering small-scale miners and encouraging investment in value addition."

27 May

Tanzania the gateway to East Africa’s critical minerals investment opportunity


At the official press launch for the Tanzania Mining & Investment Forum 2023, Honourable Dr. Doto Mashaka Biteko, Minister of Minerals, highlighted the unparalleled opportunities Tanzania has to offer in its mining sector.

"We look forward to making groundbreaking announcements, hosting bilateral and investor meetings, showcasing project development opportunities, and working with our national and global partners to unlock the full potential of Tanzania’s mining sector. We look forward to meeting you in Dar Es Salaam, as Tanzania is now placed in the high-ranking African groups in attracting foreign direct investment.”

Tanzania is rich in critical mineral deposits, which are essential components in the manufacturing of electric vehicles, renewable energy infrastructure, and other clean technologies. The country is home to significant deposits of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and rare earth elements. These minerals are in high demand as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy, a recent example of this being the agreements signed between the Tanzanian government, and three Australian companies (Evolution Energy Minerals, EcoGraf Ltd, and Peak Rare Earths), to mine rare earth minerals and graphite. The deal, worth USD $667 million, is also part of the president’s drive to fast-track negotiations on long-pending mining and energy projects.

8 June

100 Days in, my purpose remains the same: To serve


I was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals by Her Excellency, President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan on 26 February 2023, and sworn in the next day. Before this post, I was Deputy Permanent Secretary for Energy.

Third quarter of last year, for instance, the mining sector had a 9.7% share of the GDP. On the first day in my new role, I vowed to myself that my purpose will be to serve. This means taking time to listen to those above and below me, and to ferret out views from others. It also implies protecting and preserving the integrity of the government.

I personally place the highest priority on the private sector, and so is the Ministry. I believe Investors should be treated as voters. We need to provide them with favorable environment for them to ‘vote’ on critical business decisions whose result is to create new jobs leading to more inclusive growth.

Meantime, our priority areas at the Ministry include implementing the annual plan and budget for 2023/2024; developing and executing the ten-year country mining strategy; conducting the high-resolution airborne geophysical survey; and performing exploration and large-scale mining.

30 June

A wealth of opportunities unveiled in Tanzania’s mining sector


"The government will continue to raise its investment in the sector, including improving the speed of electrification of areas operated by artisanal miners so they can use modern mining equipment and improve their efficiency and productivity,” Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan said....

"The country has an abundance of rich resources. These include metals (gold, iron ore, nickel, copper, cobalt, silver and rare earths), industrial minerals (diamonds, tanzanite, ruby, garnet, limestone, soda ash, gypsum, salt, phosphate, gravel, sand, dimension stones and graphite), and fuel minerals (coal and uranium)."

21 July

Tanzania announces steps to improve mining sector


Tanzanian Minister of Minerals Doto Biteko on Wednesday announced steps aimed at improving the mining sector to enable it to contribute hugely to the East African nation’s economic growth by 2025.

Biteko said one of the measures is the government’s continued efforts in creating enabling investment environment in the mining sector to attract more investors.

Addressing a meeting of mining stakeholders in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub, which focused on challenges facing the sector, Biteko said another measure is to strengthen the state-run Geological Survey of Tanzania to enable it to undertake mining prospecting in cooperation with the private sector.

He said the government also intends to increase the pace in the issuance of mining licenses to prospective miners, including artisanal miners and large-scale miners.