Tanzania ends investment treaty with Netherlands

Tanzania has terminated its Bilateral Investment Agreement with the Netherlands that East African and Dutch civil society had said was biased against the country.

Attorney General Dr Adelardus Kilangi gave the Dutch government notice of intent to terminate the treaty hours before the October 1 deadline.

The Agreement on Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investments between Tanzania and the Netherlands was set to expire on April 1, 2019. Any party that wanted to terminate was obliged to do so six months before this date beyond which the agreement would automatically be renewed for a period of 10 years.