16 August 2012

Tanzania: State to Modernize Service Delivery

THE government is set to introduce a new Science and Technology Innovation system which will aim at changing the current style of operations in its institutions, departments and agencies.

The approach comes following a directive by President Jakaya Kikwete about five years ago who called on the country to get ready for a drastic shift in delivery of services and economic activities.

The Chairman of the National Innovation System Reforms Steering Committee, Prof Mayunga Nkunya, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that his committee was done with the review which now awaits stakeholders' inputs.

He told the workshop on Capacity Building for Science Technology and Innovation attended by managers and experts from various institutions that the new system would introduce the concepts of innovations in the public sector and get rid of "business as usual" syndrome.

"Things will have to change and many institutions will have to deploy new skills and expertise to bring in new working spirits in their field of work. In other words, it will overhaul the current system," he said.

Prof Nkunya mentioned some of the departments that will be overhauled as the Human Resources Management, Mining, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism and Higher Learning Institutions.

He said the present system was so fragmented that a new plan of action will be needed based on stakeholders' views including amendment of outdated laws and regulations to accommodate the new concept.

"Once the new innovation system has been in place will lead to refurbishment of some of government departments and staff who will not fit in," he insisted.

According to him, some foreign experts will be given chances to review the new system and share their views on how the country can go borrowing a leap from the international experiences.

Earlier, opening the workshop, the Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa said the new Science, Technology Innovation System was important since the implementation of the present system was very shallow.

The minister insisted that adequate skills and capacity were needed to implement and manage the new innovative programmes in different areas of operations.

"Although the system review has been completed, I cannot precisely say when it will be fully implemented since other tasks like legal and policy reviews will have to be undertaken to fully accommodate the new system," he said in a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Florens Turuka.

The three-day workshop is also attended by the consultants from South Africa and Nigeria who will present papers on areas of Science Technology Innovations, Policy, Legislation and Guidelines as well as Technology foresight and Capability Building.

The programme is being supported by the government of Tanzania in collaboration with Japan and the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

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