Private real properties to be registered
The government is set to establish a special register for real properties in the country to facilitate collection of various fees and transfers of ownership. Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Minister William Lukuvi, revealed this recently in Morogoro when opening a one-day workshop aimed at building capacity to journalists on reporting issues related to laws and regulations governing land administration in the country.
He said that upon enactment of the Real Estate Development Bill into law, real property owners would be obliged to register their houses and other buildings in the registry. “We want the law to have a section that would require all real property owners to register their assets in the special registry to facilitate payment of various fees and transfers,” he said. Minister Lukuvi said that the new system is expected to commence from 2017.
He assured that it will be effectively implemented since his ministry has advanced electronic systems to facilitate communication. He noted that the government has already drafted the bill on Real Estate Development noting that once enacted into law it will also safeguard the rights of landlords and tenants.
Mr Lukuvi, however, noted that the government is currently reviewing the National Land Policy 1995 and its first draft had already been debated by stakeholders in a public hearing held in Morogoro. He said the National Housing Policy is also undergoing review whose preparations were underway for Human Settlement Development Policy.
Land Rent Defaulters Face Public Exposure
The government announced that it will reveal the names of all land rent defaulters, including government officials.
It also said that it will institute hefty fines to owners of undeveloped land for breaching ownership conditions. Opening a one-day workshop for journalists organised by the Land Tenure Support Programme, Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Minister, Mr William Lukuvi, said that other stern measures will be taken against the defaulters after the names are made public.
He said that the move is expected not only to increase land rent compliance and boost revenue collection, but also exposing the defaulters to the public especially those who own expensive structures but they don’t pay rent to the government.
Local construction sector transparency scrutinised
The government announced an institutional review of the structure of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) to give it mandate and legal authority to implement its activities efficiently.
CoST is a global multisector stakeholder initiative whose main objective is to promote data disclosure on infrastructure projects in order to increase transparency and accountability. Tanzania adopted the scheme since its inception in 2007. However, the initiative, under the National Construction Council (NCC) had been inactive due to lack of legal framework, according to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Communication and Transport, Eng Joseph Nyamhanga.
After institutional structure review, CoST will facilitate procuring entities to disclose information as required by legislation also using CoST developed disclosure standard (Infrastructure Data Standard -IDS).
This will help to curb shoddy works which have forced various authorities to incur losses of billions of shillings. The CoST will enable the authorities to publish disclosed information to the wider public for decision makers to be accountable.
Medical Bill lands with Bunge Committee
Finally, the government has presented the Medical, Dental and Allied Health Professionals Bill, 2016 to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Community Services and Development, which seek to transform the medical council into an autonomous body.
The bill, which is to be debated by health stakeholders before members of the committee will – upon approval by the committee and later the Parliament, replace the previous Medical and Dental Act No. 152 of 1959. Detailing about the new law, Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and the Elderly Minister Ummy Mwalimu said it will set new guidelines at which the Medical Council of Tanganyika will operate.
“This includes the requirement that the council’s chairman will be nominated from members of the profession and not the Chief Medical Officer,” she said. “The current law is outdated. There are new challenges, which under the existing law cannot be addressed,” she said, highlighting such new developments as increasing the number of health institutions, increasing medical and dental graduates and framing new technologies for health service provisions.
When the National Assembly approved the 1959 law, Tanzania had only one health institution – Muhimbili – but 50 years now, there are eight institutions. Back in the 2000s, there were only 79 doctors. During the period under review, the country had only 300 dentists as opposed to the existing more than 5,000 today. “The health sector has been changing enormously.”
Sixth-session of the National Assembly kicks-off in Dodoma
The National Assembly started a session in Dodoma which will continue until 10 February 2017. One elected and four nominated MPs are scheduled to take oath of allegiance. They include newly- elected MP for Dimani Constituency in Zanzibar, Ali Juma Ali. Three MPs recently nominated by President John Magufuli are also expected to take the oath.
They are Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, Abdallah Bulembo and Anne Kilango Malecela. A statement issued by the Communications and Public Education Unit of the National Assembly said a total of 125 basic questions will be asked during the Question-and-Answer session. “In accordance to Standing Order 38(1) of the Parliament there will be 16 questions to the Prime Minister on Thursdays during this session,” reads part of the statement. In addition, cabinet ministers are also scheduled to present before the House statements on the food situation as well as the status of the national debt and the state of economy.
Three Bills which were tabled for first reading during the fifth-session in November last year and thereafter forwarded to respective parliamentary committees for deliberations will be presented for second reading for discussions and approval as per Standing Order 91.
Stakeholders Consultative Meeting
The consultative meeting on the new PROPOSED DRAFT CIVIL AVIATION (UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS) REGULATIONS 2017 took place on 24 January 2017.
The Authority committed to efficient and sustainable aviation systems development in partnership with its stakeholders.
Plans underway to introduce intellectual property skills
Plans are underway to introduce curriculums on Intellectual Property (IP) in higher learning institutions to develop awareness and professional skills of IP tools in Tanzania. The Director of Research and Consultant with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Professor Elton Kisanga, said that the study programs on IP are being set up by researchers and academicians in the country. Prof Kisanga made the revelation during a two-day regional seminar on the project for Developing Awareness and Professional Skills of IP tools in Tanzania.
The seminar aimed at capitalising on the current momentum, possible improvements and suggestions for moving forward. “The curriculum will provide help to teachers, students, researchers and other professionals as well as enhance knowledge of how various IP tools used in a hands-on approach can increase commercial exploitation of and emerging technologies in the country for the benefit of all the people,” he explained.
The introduction of IP study programmes in higher learning institutions also help provide products, processes and services between the various sectors nationally, regionally and internationally. Prof Kisanga said the study programmes to be developed and other products will also benefit East African countries, including higher learning institutions in Kenya.
An IP Expert Ms Judith Kadege said the project, initiated by ACP-and research institutes in Tanzania, will also set up policies and other guidelines towards the implementation of the IP in higher learning institutions.
The project is being implemented by KCMUCo and Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), which is the key stakeholder, and the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization (TIRDO), tasked with creating awareness of various IP tools.