Dodoma — TANZANIA is making progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite some challenges that make few of them unattainable, the Minister of State in the President's Office - Relations and Coordination, Stephen Wassira said.
Mr Wassira told the Parliament that some of the goals including achieving universal primary education, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and ensuring environmental sustainability have been achieved. He said that for instance, 94.5 per cent of school age going children have been enrolled in primary schools.
Some of the goals that have remained unrealised include the eradication of hunger and poverty, improving maternal health and developing a global partnership for development. Mr Wassira said that some of the MDGs could easily be met while others are rather complex.
The Minister was responding to Moza Abedi Saidy (Special Seats-CUF) who expressed concern over achievement of the MDGs to be reached by 2015. She sought to know how far the country had reached in meeting the goals and the way forward.
Giving reasons that led to poor implementation of some the MDGs, the Minister said that the slow growth in the agriculture sector, climate change and high population growth are holding back the country's efforts of attaining these goals.
"The agriculture sector has only grown by 4.2 per cent, a very negligible growth though the sector remains the country's economy backbone," he said. He said that the government has plans to address these challenges through the Kilimo Kwanza programme and through Tanzania's Five-Year Development Plan 2011/2012-2015/2016.