TIC moved to President’s Office

“To enhance efficiency, President Dr John Pombe Magufuli announced that the investment portfolio has been moved to the President’s Office from the Prime Minister’s Office. He said that investors have been complaining of unnecessary bureaucracy and most of them are discouraged to invest in the country due to unnecessary delays of permits and other documents. … Read more

Mining (State Participation) Regulations 2020

The Mining (State Participation) Regulations 2020 have been published to give more details on the acquisition and control of Government’s non-dilutable free carried interest shares in a mining company. Of particular note is the right of Government to “receive a proportionate share from any repaymentof either equity, shareholding loan or third-party loan” (see Regulation 10(1)(k)). … Read more

SIM card registration (Tanzania 2020)

It is mandatory for users and owners of SIM cards in Tanzania to register by 30 June 2020 biometrically with their respective mobile network operators or authorised distributors, agents or dealers by using a National Identity Card or a National Identity Number (as per Electronic and Postal Communications (SIM Card Registration) Regulations 2020). If not duly registered then … Read more

Plant Health and Pesticides Bill – Tanzania 2020

A Plant Health Bill has been passed in Parliament in May 2020. It is in the process to be formally enacted. It is intended to: Consolidate the Plant Protection Act and the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute Act and put in place a consolidated legal framework for plant health and pesticides. Establish the Tanzania Plant Health … Read more

Bail in Tanzania – Section 148(5) Criminal Procedure Act

We understand that the High Court of Tanzania ruled on 18 May 2020 that Section 148(5) Criminal Procedure Act (which denies bail to accused persons) is unconstitutional being in contravention of Articles 13 (Right to Life) and 15 (Right to Personal Freedom) of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania (see Dickson Paulo Sanga … Read more

Tax Remission of Interest and Penalties 2020

Following the expiry of Tax Amnesty Order, the Government has, effective 8 May 2020, issued the Tax Administration (Remission of Interest and Penalties) Regulations 2020 to provide guidelines to eligible applicants who make voluntary disclosure the TRA Commissioner General to apply for remission of interest or penalties. The main criteria to apply for remission is financial … Read more

Land Offices 2020

The Minister for Lands presented a Budget Speech in Parliament on 11 May 2020 and in this Speech the Minister confirmed (see paragraph 34 at page 21) that: Despite introducing the 9 Zonal Land Offices to cater for all land administration in Tanzania, a lot of people still faced hardships in reaching the designated Zonal … Read more