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Petrostate Blog for the period 29.10.2018 to 12.11.2018

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  Taxing Africa : Coercion, Reform and       Development; By Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard,   and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad..
Taxation has been seen as the domain of charisma-   free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers –   an unlikely place to encounter big societal   questions about democracy, equity or good   governance.

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China and Africa financial partnership; what is the story?

Over the weekend, I happened to have been deep into my thoughts and trying to figure out what to write and tahdah…I had a chat with one the experts in the extractive sector in Tanzania. I asked, what one thing would you suggest at the moment in the context of your field? After a long discussion of what was going on here and there, my interest picked on the “New Giant in town”, CHINA.

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Petrostate Blog for the period 17.09.2018 to 30.09.2018

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The evolving role of CSR in international development: Evidence from Canadian extractive companies’ involvement in community health initiatives in low-income countries
By engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), transnational companies operating in the extractive industries ‘space’ verbally commit to preventing environmental impacts and providing health services in low-income countries. However, the actual impacts of CSR initiatives can be difficult to assess.

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Petrostate Blog for the period 03.09.2018 to 16.09.2018

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Upcoming Book on Extractive Industries: The Management of Resources as a Driver of Sustainable Development
New initiatives recognize that resource wealth can provide a means, when properly used, for poorer nations to decisively break with poverty by diversifying economies and funding development spending. Extractive Industries: The Management of Resources as a Driver of Sustainable Development explores the challenges and opportunities facing developing countries in using oil, gas, and mining to achieve inclusive change.
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Petrostate Blog for the Period of 06 to 19 August 2018

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Can smallholders benefit from the new market opportunities from the extractive industry in Tanzania 
The recent discovery of huge oil and gas reserves in Tanzania has created a new opportunity for economic growth and development of the country. Tanzania is expected to be one of the leading producers and exporters of natural gas in the coming decade. However, 88 percent of poor Tanzanians live in rural areas and two-third of the labour force is engaged in agriculture. For the extractive industry to serve as a catalyst for economic growth and poverty reduction, it has to be integrated with the rest of the economy through forward and backward linkages. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the Period of 06 to 19 August 2018

Petrostate Blog for the Period of 23 July 2018 to 05 August 2018

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The Fifth Tax Statistics Report

 The 5th Tax Statistics Report for 2016/17  has  been released, providing an overview of tax revenue collections and information for the fiscal years 2005/06 to 2016/17.  Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP), the Presidents’ Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) play a central in compilation of the data. This report is for Tanzania Mainland and all figures are reported in Tanzania shillings. For instance among other things the report shows that from 2005/06 to 2016/17, the average annual growth of revenue from excise duty on imports was 27.1 percent. The growth was mostly influenced by excise duty on petroleum products. Petroleum imports contributed about 84.8 percentage points to total excise duty on imports.

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Petrostate Blog for the Period of 09 July 2018 to 22 July 2018

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What Mining Can Learn from Oil: A Study of Special Transfer Pricing Practices in the Oil Sector, and their Potential Application to Hard Rock Minerals
This paper looks at whether special practices in the oil sector that provide materially greater protection against transfer pricing risk could be applied to hard rock minerals. These are (1) administrative pricing, where government, rather than the taxpayer sets the price for crude oil; and (2) the no-profit rule, which prevents joint venture partners from charging a profit mark-up on the cost of providing goods and services to the group. The paper finds that administrative pricing may be effective at curtailing undercharging of specific mineral products, for example, base and precious metals. The no-profit rule is a less obvious “fit” for mining given the lack of joint ventures, and alternative rules to limit cost overstatement may be required instead
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Petrostate Blog for the Period of 25 June 2018 to 08 July 2018

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Transparency initiatives and Tanzania’s extractive industry governance
This paper examines Tanzania’s adoption and implementation of transparency in extractive sector governance. The paper examined Tanzania’s EITI implementation process, its reconciliation reports and how these reports are used by the parliament, media and civil society to push for governance improvements in the sector.

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