Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Tanzania, in collaboration with Public Service International (PSI) Global Union, organized a comprehensive two-day workshop themed “pushing the boundaries against spurious tax incentives in the mining sector in Tanzania for quality public services and increased wages.” The workshop took place in Dodoma and brought together Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) leaders and representatives of trade unions affiliated with PSI Global Union, CSOs, Tanzania parliamentarians and the media.
The workshop sessions covered Tanzania's mining sector fiscal policy intricacies, and effective governance strategies for extractive industries, all of which are integral to the pursuit of natural resource sovereignty, just transition, domestic resource mobilization, and the provision of quality public services. Previous studies on taxation in the mining sector in Tanzania have shown that tax incentives given to multinational companies result in losses of government resources hence participants in one voice urged the government of Tanzania to consider formulating and implementing progressive policies for effective taxation in the mining sector so that enough resources can be mobilized to improve provision of public goods.
Recommendations from participants cemented what had already been documented in a policy brief titled "Lessons from the Past: Managing Tanzania Mineral Resources for Socio-economic Development and Progressive Public Service Investment" produced by FES in collaboration with PSI. The brief was formally launched and presented to the workshop attending participants i.e. parliamentarians, CSOs and trade unions. It provides recommendations to address illicit financial flows (IFFs) in the mining sector in Tanzania, taking into consideration climate change effects and key policy considerations for the energy transition processes.
If you are interested in exploring the detailed insights and recommendations contained within the policy brief, the document is accessible for reading and download through the link below.