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PM rebukes minerals black market

PM rebukes minerals black market

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has warned mineral dealers against selling minerals through ‘black market’ instead of formal setups established in every district.

Equally, he directed all public institutions in-charge of collecting revenues to put sustainable plans that would enable them supervise expenditures of the collections for national interests.

He said there was no reason for anyone to smuggle the precious stones, because that denies the government revenues that could enable it implement various development projects, and provide key social services including health, education and water to the public. “It’s bad when some people continue with the attitude of smuggling our gold and selling in black market.

Our government has put in place good environment for selling minerals… in each district, we have established markets which offer good prices,” Mr Majaliwa pointed out.

The Premier made statement when he visited Giant Elution Gold refinery plant located in Chunya District, Mbeya region, on Monday.

After inspecting the factory that is owned by a Tanzanian, the encouraged the locals to continue investing in the mining sector, adding that the government has put in place favourable investment atmosphere for them to exploit

“Mineral officers should regularly visit artisanal miners, educate them and facilitate them to access funding from financial institutions so that they boost their capital and increase efficiency in their activities,” directed Mr Majaliwa.

In a related development, he expressed satisfaction at revenues collection in Chunya District, after a report indicated that it was excelling in collections from the mining sector.

Meanwhile, Mr Majaliwa laid a foundation stone for the construction of College of Business Education (CBE) new buildings in its Mbeya Campus.

He said the government has good intention to ensure that it puts in place plans and proper management of businesses to flourish in the country.

Elaborating, he told the CBE administration to continue making plans which reach grassroots’ traders and train them on how to conduct businesses professionally.

“You should continue putting plans which reaching out to more businesspeople, both in small and large scale to enable their businesses grow and increase efficiency,” he stated.

To ensure traders conduct their activities more efficiently, the government had directed local authorities to allocate spacious areas, where they could relocate traders.

Earlier, CBE Principal Prof Emmanuel Mjema said the construction project was started in June this year and expected to wind up in December, 2021 with the institution providing 502m/- and the government contributing 350m/-.

On his part, Mbeya Regional Commissioner Juma Homera said Chunya was in the past used to collect about 20 kilogrammes of minerals on monthly basis, but after establishment of the formal market, the collections rose to 250 to 300 kilogrammes.

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