Some Tanzanian Members of Parliament on Monday urged the government to review and upgrade laws that provide for the management of natural resources, chiefly minerals, and gas and oil.
“We need more transparency on laws pertaining to the management of our natural resources, particularly minerals, and gas and oil,” the lawmakers said at a meeting in the capital Dodoma.
The meeting was organized by Policy Forum, a network of NGOs in Tanzania that influence policy processes to enhance poverty reduction, equity and democratization, to share findings on implementation of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) in Tanzania.
The AMV was adopted by heads of state of the African Union at the February 2009 AU summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa following the October 2008 meeting of African ministers responsible for mineral resources development.
Vedasto Mwiru, an MP for Kilwa North constituency, urged the government to review laws on natural resources, saying there were gaps in current laws on the management of natural resources.
Susan Kolimba, an MP for Special Seats for Women, said there was need to review laws governing natural resources, particularly minerals, and gas and oil, and eliminate all shortcomings.
Sixtus Mapunda, an MP for Mbinga constituency, said there was need to enact national laws that aligned with the global systems and linked to the position and perception of Africa on natural resources, especially minerals.
The lawmaker said Tanzania has laws and regulations that did not reflect the international market for natural resources, especially minerals.
They made their views when reacting to a presentation made by Boniphace Luhende, a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam’s School of Law, who had observed that the mining industry in Tanzania has a lot of potential in boosting government revenue, foreign exchange and job creation. Enditem