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BITs Project

BITs and their impacts to Tanzania and EAC Members

This is the start of a process where more training and consolidation of the Coalition and other interested CSOs is needed. The strengthening of capacity of key stakeholders will help them to monitor, act and influence the negotiation, implementation, review and termination of these signed BITs. Also, HakiMadini and the coalition members had engagement with the Attorney General chamber. After the engagement the AG show collaboration and request for the capacity building to staffs in the AG chamber. This will help to strengthen the capacity in negotiations and advice to the government. Also, there is a limited access of information and substantial analysis to inform the negotiation, review and termination of these BITs.

Furthermore, there is an assumption that connotes investment treaties being the same as other mere investment contracts which guarantee greater foreign investment inflows into a country. It is then implied that government commitments towards these treaties and contracts impacts on development of the host country.

Due to inadequate involvement of stakeholders in the designs, negotiations and implementation of investment treaties and contracts and poor skills and power for negotiators stakeholders need to be capacitated on Trade and investment, negotiation, analysis and reporting of trade and investment issues. This would enable them to influence policies and laws through parliamentary and private sector engagement, dialogue with government ministries and other stakeholders.

specific objectives

  • To continue building and consolidate the capacity of CSOs, Trade Unions, academics and media on the legal and socio-economic implications of the Bilateral Investment Treaties.
  • To start policy dialogues on Bilateral Investment Treaties in the East Africa region.
  • expected outcome

  • Improved reporting of media on BITs issues in Tanzania.
  • Shared and learning between experts and practitioners.
  • Analytical policy alternatives produced and disseminated.
  • Capacity and knowledge enhanced for CSO, Trade Unions, academics and media representatives.
  • Our Method: Policy reform, research, education and development projects, and direct engagement with policy makers, artisanal and small-scale miners, and mining affected communities.