DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Authorities in Tanzania on
Wednesday defended their move to amend public-private partnership
(PPP) laws and withdraw from international arbitrations.
Attorney General Adelardus Kilangi told Parliament in the capital
Dodoma that local courts were better placed to resolve investment
disputes than the international arbitration bodies.
"It is for this reason the government tabled the amendments of
the PPP laws so that all disputes arising from government contracts
with private entities are heard and determined within the country,"
Kilangi told the House.
The government’s chief legal advisor said most of the arbitrators
in the international bodies were biased, forcing the government to
use its own courts which were fair.
Under the amendments of the PPP Act which was approved by the
National Assembly on Wednesday, all PPPs agreements, negotiations ad
legal disputes shall be done locally.
Kilangi was responding to concerns raised by the opposition
camp’s spokesperson for budgetary matters, Halima Mdee, which
faulted the amendments saying they appeared set to squeeze the
rights and freedoms of investors to seek redress for claims of
contractual breaches by the government in neutral courts outside the