TANZANIANS have been urged to actively participate and air their views during the Global 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue, slated for May, next year in Dar es Salaam.
The five-day event scheduled to start on May 24, is a brainchild of the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management. It provides a platform for key decision makers in both public and private sectors from various countries to come together with solutions to address social and economic problems bedevilling their nations.
The Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) Acting Executive Secretary, Mr Samson Chemponda, said in Dar es Salaam at the weekend that since the dialogue creates a single platform for members of the public and private sectors from various countries to discuss complex issues, it was imperative that Tanzanians attended in their large numbers.
"The Smart Partnership Dialogue is a very important event because it brings together people from eight different categories: The government, politicians, businesspersons, academics, employees, the youths, artists and farmers....It is not something that one should miss," he said. Mr Chemponda was speaking at a Smart Partnership Dialogue sensitisation seminar for heads of departments for various public and private institutions.
"The main objective of Smart Partnership Dialogue is to enhance Government's engagement with all sectors of the society in enhancing information, knowledge and expertise in finding solutions to sustainable development challenges," he asserted. President Jakaya Kikwete officially launched the national preparations for the coming Smart Partnership Dialogue in May, this year, insisting that Tanzania seeks to leverage on technology as a requirement for development.
It is not amazing therefore that the event has been themed: "Leveraging/Anchoring Technology for Africa's Socio- Economic Transformation: The Smart Partnership Way." And according to Mr Chemponda, TNBC, through its Regional Business Councils (RBCs) and District Business Councils (DBCs), will make sure that people from all the eight segments get the chance to air their views on issues that deter Tanzania's social and economic development.
Earlier, the seminar facilitator, Prof Lucian Msambichaka said the Smart Partnership Dialogue seeks to help citizens to actively participate in their country's development initiatives and in the end, they (citizens) should be able to put the development agenda into practice. "Our country is still backward in terms of processing industries as well as factories for building vehicles and in the aspect of pharmaceutical industries.
We need these things to spur economic development and create jobs.....the Smart Partnership Dialogue seeks to achieve just that," he said. He said Tanzania has everything it takes to make the country rich - including rich soils for agricultural purposes and enough water for irrigation among other natural resources - adding that the country just requires a change in perception of its people with regard to development.