Copper concentrates from Tanzanian gold mines will continue being exported because there is not a sufficient quantity to warrant the establishment of a smelter in the country, the chief executive officer of the Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) Paul Masanja told delegates at a recent meeting of the parliamentary committee on energy and minerals in Dar es Salaam.

Masanja was responding to questions relating to why Tanzania still exported its copper concentrates. He explained that a commercially viable copper smelter would require 150,000 tonnes of copper per year while Tanzania