The United Republic of Tanzania, one of the six East African nations with a population of 56.3 million, uses English as its commercial language and Kiswahili as its national language. The legal system of Tanzania is based on English common law. Tanzania’s economy relies on agriculture, mining and tourism. Its main exports are tea, coffee, tobacco and the rare Tanzanite mineral. The general industrial structure of Tanzania comprises manufacturing (53%), processing (43%), and assembling industries (4%). Value added products of Tanzania include manufacture coffee, cotton yarn, tobacco, sisal products and wheat flour. Tanzania’s main trading partners are the East African states, the United Kingdom, India, Japan and China. Significant oil and gas reserved have recently been discovered both on shore and off shore.

Lex Mundi in Tanzania

Lex Mundi provides coverage in Tanzania through Bowmans, the Lex Mundi member firm for South Africa. The firm’s lawyers work on Tanzanian domestic matters and transactions, and on international and cross-border advisory mandates for broad spectrum of clients.

Representative Experience in Tanzania:

Provided Advisory Services to:

  • The Governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi (Communaute Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs Energie des Grands Lacs (CEGL)), together with Hunton and Williams LLP, in connection with the selection of private sector developers for the development of the Ruzzizi III, a 145MW hydro power project as part of the Independent Power Producer projects.
  • The International Finance Corporation (IFC), together with Castalia Strategic Advisors, in connection with the identification of viable PPP projects, leading to a comprehensive report on PPP Project Identification and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, East African Region.
  • The Government of Tanzania on the legal and regulatory framework reform to support PPPs in Tanzania, which led to the enactment of the Public Private Partnership Act, 2010, and its Regulations.
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers on the legal and regulatory framework of Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) as part of the TAZARA private sector partnership study.
  • The sponsors of the Salama Waterfront Development project regarding the Tanzania law aspects of project financing, land acquisition, licensing and environmental regulation for the project.
  • The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on all legal aspects of the private finance initiative of an infrastructure project related to the Southern (Mtwara) Development Corridor.
  • The World Bank and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority on contractual and regulatory issues in relation to the Dar es Salaam Water Supply and Sanitation project.
  • PRODECO Ltd on all legal aspects of the construction of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) of the road and infrastructure project related to the Central Corridor (Road) Project and Southern (Mtwara) Development Corridors in respect of the Dar es Salaam, through Dodoma to Itigi roadway in Tanzania.
  • The National Development Corporation (NDC) on the financing and development of the Southern Corridor Development Project through a private finance initiative and a Public/ Private Partnership (PFI) scheme.
  • Several clients in anti-trust litigation before the Fair Competition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in Tanzania.
  • The Government of Tanzania (GoT), together with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in a bilateral investment treaty arbitration initiated by Biwater Gauff (Tanzania) Ltd (BGT) against the GoT regarding alleged expropriation of BGT’s investment in a water and sewerage infrastructure project of its subsidiary, City Water Services Ltd.
  • TANESCO, together with Hunton and Williams LLP, in a case initiated by Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) against the Government of Tanzania, in the Southern District of New York, for enforcement of a Government Guarantee for TANESCO’s performance of its obligations in a power purchase agreement with IPTL.
  • The Government of Tanzania, together with Hunton and Williams LLP, on contractual regulatory and strategic matters relating to an Independent Power Project, including representing TANESCO in international arbitration proceedings regarding a high profile dispute pertaining to a 100MW power purchase agreement at the International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID) in London.

Contact(s) for Tanzania