Tanzania: TMAA Lauded for Job Well Done  

Source: ALLAFRICA

Mwanza — The government through the Tanzania Mineral Audit Agency (TMAA) has been commended for serving a critical function to ensure that the nation receives proper payments from its mineral resources crucial in improving people's living status and national economic growth.

This follows reports by TMAA which has combated mineral smuggling, controlled illegal minerals trade after establishing special desks to in all major airports across the country. The congratulations were showered by Senior Director and Head of Cooperation from the Canadian High Commission to Tanzania, Mr Ian Myles during a one-day official visit.

"We have seen best management of mineral resources by TMAA which we believe will improve the country's economy," said Myles who was also flanked by the Director in the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Mark Moscovac, from the Canadian embassy. TMAA is a semi-autonomous institution established in 2009 under the Executive Agencies Act, Cap. 245.

The Agency was established under G.N. No. 362 of 6th November, 2009. It is also mandated to monitor and audit quality and quantity of minerals produced and exported by large, medium and small scale miners; to determine revenue generated to facilitate collection of payable royalty.

It also makes audit capital investment and operating expenditure of the large and medium scale mines for the purpose of gathering taxable information and providing the same to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and other relevant authorities.

Mr Ian who visited a Small Miner, Mr John Woshi, who is the Director of Deepening Service Limited based in Mwanza city, said they enjoyed to see gold processing is conducted at the laboratory.

On his part, Mr Woshi urged the government to create a structure that will enable financial institutions to provide loans to smallscale mining including finding proper market of selling gold.

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