Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 November 2012

Tanzania: Pinda to Lead Smart Partnership Sensitisation Workshop

Dodoma — PRIME Minister Mizengo Pinda will on Thursday lead a sensitization workshop for all regional commissioners (RCs), district commissioners (DCs) and administrative secretaries ahead of the National and International Smart Partnership Dialogues to be held in January and May, next year.

The acting Executive Secretary of Tanzania Business Council (TNBC), Mr Samson Chemponda, told reporters that all preparations were ready and the workshop that will be held at the Pius Msekwa Hall.

"The workshop will help broaden understanding of the Concept and Global 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogues set to broaden the involvement of all sectors in the development process for the betterment of Tanzanians."

The Smart Partnership Dialogue series promote principles and practices of the 'Smart Partnership' approach to create cooperation between government and other sectors which contribute to enhancement of social and economic activities.

'Smart Partnership' is an innovative concept that is based on positive ethos of 'prosper thy neighbour' for 'win-win' situation.

The dialogue explores smart partnership in its various forms and provides the platform for close interaction between Heads of State/Government, captains of industry, labour leaders, social groups, civil servants, professionals from the media and academia, youths and other interest groups, to harmonise various issues of socio-economic development and the role of technology in business development.

"The main objective of Smart Partnership Dialogue is to improve government's engagement with all sectors of the society in enhancing information, knowledge and expertise in finding solutions to sustainable development challenges," he explained.

President Jakaya Kikwete officially launched preparations for the coming Global 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue in May this year, insisting that Tanzania seeks to leverage on technology as a requirement for development.

According to Mr Chemponda, the Theme for Dialogue will be: "Leveraging Technology for Africa's Socio- Economic Transformation: The Smart Partnership Way".

"It is my optimism that the workshop will stimulate Regional Business Councils (RBCs) and District Business Councils (DBCs) in conducting Smart Partnership Dialogues from grassroots level and help people to air their views on issues that deter Tanzania's social and economic development.

TNBC has already organised similar seminars for editors and head of links /sectors from various public and private institutions.

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