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On March 13-14, 2013, a wide range of stakeholders gathered in Dar-es-Salaam for a Tanzania Government-hosted workshop to consider the country’s “Geothermal Legal and Regulatory Framework”. Participants included government officials, private developers, geothermal resource survey specialists, development partners, lawyers and civil society representatives.
The workshop, co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and British High Commission with support from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), set out to identify ways to create an effective legal and regulatory framework to support geothermal development.
To open the workshop, Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Stephen Masele spelled out the need for a dedicated framework for geothermal development, stating that with no clear framework in place, the Government has been forced to use the existing Mining Act to license companies interested in geothermal energy development.
AfDB Resident Representative Tonia Kandiero extended her institution’s support and confirmed that the Bank has begun to prepare a major geothermal development support program, with funding from the CIF Program for Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP), for which the AfDB serves as a key implementing agency.
During the two-day workshop, participants came up with a set of ideas for an effective geothermal framework: