Minister pledges State cooperation with GGML

The Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Doto Biteko, who is also the Minister for Energy, has assured Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) that the government will continue working closely with the company to ensure that the mining sector grows to benefit Tanzanians and investors.

In his keynote speech to open the sixth Geita Mining and Technology Exhibition at the Geita EPZ premises recently, Dr Biteko further said that it is the government’s commitment to work with such investors, who are also creating employment to the people.

AngloGold Ashanti’s Vice President (Sustainability) for Ghana and Tanzania, Simon Shayo, briefed the Deputy Minister and Minister of Energy, Dr Doto Biteko, during a visit to the GGML pavilion at the, when he presided over the official opening of the sixth Geita Mining & Technology Exhibition, which began on 20 September.

Elaborating, he urged the company’s management to give the new Minister of Minerals, Anthony Mavunde, cooperation to achieve the goals he has set, especially considering that GGML is the largest gold mine in the country.

“GGML has become a great partner of the government and active in its Corporate Social Responsibility programme of supporting community projects.

Even the Geita Regional Commissioner (Martin Shigela) has openly praised the involvement of the company as the main sponsor of this exhibition, so we are proud of you for these activities.”

Dr Biteko noted that Mr Mavunde, known by many for his mild-mannered approach has the capacity to work with investors in the sector, hence, requires maximum cooperation.

On his part, GGML Managing Director, Terry Strong said they enjoy business environment in the country, noting that President Samia Suluhu Hassan deserves praise for improving the investor’s working morale.

He further said that President Samia’s efforts to closely monitor and address the challenges facing the private sector and the mining sector have raised the hopes of many stakeholders in the sectors, adding: “GGML can be a role model because of this new spirit, having received sufficient cooperation from the government, particularly in the implementation of the new mining law.”

Likewise, he said as the laws provided guidance to them in the management of the mining sector in terms of paying taxes, royalty and releasing funds in the CSR coffers, they believe Tanzania will register a lot of developments.

Equally, Mr Strong said: “We feel great saying that over the past five years, GGML has collaborated extensively with the office of the Geita Regional Commissioner by providing more than 46bn/- through the Corporate Social Responsibility Fund.

GGML Managing Director, Terry Strong, speaking at the official opening ceremony of the sixth Geita Mining and Technology Exhibition, of which GGML is this year’s main sponsor.

These funds have contributed to the implementation of several community projects, including the construction of a modern market and health centres, including educational infrastructure to meet local needs.

“It is the cooperation we get that also motivated GGML this year to be the main sponsor of the exhibition, the company feels at home and wants to see into it that Geita Exhibition becomes a success, invite more investors.”

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