Concepts & Debate
How Magufuli shocked mining corporates with drastic reforms
Wednesday March 24 2021
Former Tanzania President John Magufuli. PHOTO | FILE
By GEORGE WACHIRA
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Regardless of the massive measurement of the mining sector in Tanzania, the accrual of financial advantages to the nation was deemed not vital sufficient.By 2017 Magufuli had delivered revised mining legal guidelines and rules rising gold royalties from 4 % to six %.Additional, he launched 16 % authorities possession of mining corporations’ inventory with out compensation, with the chance to buy an extra 34 % possession.
The late President Magufuli of Tanzania will probably be remembered because the chief who was able to “bulldoze” paperwork and established order to promptly create socio-economic modifications. With pace and resoluteness, he particularly modified the authorized, regulatory, and financial frameworks governing the international dominated mining sector, all inside two years of his presidency.After South Africa, Tanzania is deemed the quantity two mining large in Africa in key minerals like gold, diamonds, and nickel that are principally concentrated within the north-western a part of Tanzania, the place international mining conglomerates are lively. The mining zone additionally occurs to be the late president’s house space, maybe advising his familiarity with sector points and urgency to implement corrections.Regardless of the massive measurement of the mining sector in Tanzania, accrual of financial advantages to the nation was deemed not vital sufficient. By 2017 Magufuli had delivered revised mining legal guidelines and rules rising gold royalties from 4 % to six %. Additional, he launched 16 % authorities possession of mining corporations’ inventory with out compensation, with the chance to buy an extra 34 % possession. Exportation of concentrates and unprocessed minerals was banned requiring that worth addition processing be performed in Tanzania.Had been these modifications too drastic for international investments? This can be a query inviting binary solutions relying on who’s requested. Nonetheless, the mining traders seem to have lastly assimilated the brand new modifications and moved on with enterprise. What is critical is that the Tanzania mining authorized and regulatory precedents could affect how creating nations (together with Kenya) negotiate future mining offers with company traders.Magufuli was concurrently reforming the pure gasoline sector the place funding phrases and situations with multinational corporations had already been concluded, solely awaiting closing funding selections for commercialisation of pure gasoline sources into LNG (Liquefied Pure Gasoline) for exports.The late president required that earlier contracts be renegotiated and tightened for elevated assurances and extra revenues for Tanzania below a brand new Host Authorities Settlement which is but to be finalised. There was additionally a brand new coverage to prioritise pure gasoline manufacturing for native industrialisation forward of LNG exports. That is certainly already taking place with piped pure gasoline feeding energy producing crops and enormous industries like cement, thus changing imported gasoline oil.Authorized backtracking within the Tanzania gasoline sector, could have triggered multinationals to shift LNG funding priorities from Tanzania to the neighbouring Mozambique. That is taking place at a time when international oil and gasoline fortunes are altering because the world enters transition to renewable power. Sure, Tanzania faces the hazard of lacking fast LNG funding alternatives..The East African Crude Oil Pipeline pumping transit export crude oil from Uganda by way of Tanga, was a default alternative for President Magufuli, primarily delivered by Whole, the primary investor in Uganda upstream, after Kenya failed to indicate flexibility on an alternate pipeline route by way of south of Kenya. Lamu port route was judged by Whole to be insecure and with restricted supporting infrastructure.Maybe the most important regional shift delivered by Magufuli was the redefinition of diplomatic relationships between Tanzania and Rwanda which in the course of the instances of President Kikwete had been bitter. This has permitted Rwanda to redefine its transit desire by way of Dar Es Salaam Port, and this has negatively impacted Mombasa.A Commonplace Gauge Railway (SGR) from Dar is anticipated to finally land in Rwanda. Magufuli had already applied an electrical energy powered SGR part from Dar to Morogoro funded with commercially backed capital.For no matter causes, actual or imagined, the late Magufuli was not seen as really heat in direction of Kenya. He put many irritating hurdles and nuisances to bilateral commerce and immigration with Kenya. These are facets which Kenya expects the brand new administration in Tanzania to deal with, for certainly they do divert important diplomatic goodwill and efforts.The socio-economic reform legacies of the late President threat being overshadowed by the impacts and toll of the Covid-19 pandemic in Tanzania when these are lastly assessed. He could have significantly erred towards science in his angle and method to the Covid-19 episode, thus placing Tanzania and certainly neighboring counties to a excessive stage of well being threat.Might the late John Pombe Magufuli relaxation in everlasting peace, as all of us heartly welcome Madam President Samia Suluhu Hasan and need her each success in main Tanzania to prosperity.