Tanzania’s small-scale miners to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has recorded an increase from between 23% and 27% in the last fiscal year to 44% recorded in 2022.
Dr Dotto Biteko, the country’s Minerals Minister confirmed the report and attributed the growth to result of changes in the mining laws and policies in 2016/17, as the government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan keeps emphasizing rights and responsibilities in the sector.
“Few days after she took over the position, the next quarter of the year has seen us moving to 30%, I am happy to say that today small-scale miners all over Tanzania are competing in large scale,” said Dr Biteko.
Geita Acting Regional Commissioner, Mr Said Nkumba said Geita Region is a major beneficiary of the mining laws amendments, traced back to 2015 when the region mined 337.48 kg of gold worth 28.8bn/- securing the State 1.154bn/- in royalty.
“In the financial year 2016/17 about 832 kgs of pure gold were collected worth 62.9bn/-, making the government get 3.4bn/- as royalties. In the financial year 2017/2018 the region collected about 1634.43kgs of pure gold valued at 125.4bn/- prompting the government to get 4bn/- as royalties. For the financial year 2019/2020 about 5131.39 kgs of pure gold were collected worth 520.62bn/- and seeing the government earning 36.43bn/- as royalty,” said Nkumba.