Research on the legislative reform of gender discriminatory laws

VELMA Law has provided pro bono advice to Global Poverty, an international NGO working to end extreme poverty and inequality.  The research was to move forward the debate to combat child marriage by review of the 1971 Marriage Act, which currently permits girls aged 15 to marry with parental consent and boys to marry at 18 and also allows children aged 14 years to marry if court is satisfied that special circumstances exist.

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Establishing a business in Tanzania

This Q&A has been updated as at 2 January 2017 at Establishing a business in Tanzania and gives an overview of the key issues in establishing a business in Tanzania, including an introduction to the legal system; the available business vehicles and their applicable formalities; corporate governance structures and requirements; foreign investment incentives and restrictions; currency regulations; … Read more

High Court Judge Victoria Makani

VELMA Law is delighted to announce that a founder partner Victoria Lyimo Makani has been appointed as a High Court Judge of Tanzania with immediate effect from Saturday, 26 July 2015. This is a wonderful achievement. VELMA Law is now adjusting to these new circumstances to ensure “business as usual” and we wish Victoria all … Read more

New Value Added Tax Act 2014

The new Value Added Tax Act 2014, which was assented to by the President in December 2014, is expected to come into force on 1 July 2015.

The Act applies to mainland Tanzania and its main objective is to maximise revenue collection by broadening the tax base, streamlining exemptions and removing the Minister of Finance’s power to grant VAT special relief.

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Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act 2015

The new Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act 2015 was passed by Parliament in February 2015, assented to by the President on 25 April 2015 and came into effect on 1 October 2015.

The Act applies to mainland Tanzania and its main objective is to simplify the application process and issuance of work permits, to create a more conducive environment for foreign investment and a good base for implementation of various regional agreements.

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Access to Information Bill 2015

The Access To Information Act, 2015 - Tanzania

The Access to Information Bill 2015 was presented to Parliament in February 2015 and awaits final approval (as at 2 June 2015).

The stated objects and reasons include to enhance access to information and promote transparency and accountability of public authorities and private bodies that are in possession of information which is of significant public interest.

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