19 November 2012

Tanzania: PM Touts 'Smart Partnership Dialogue'

LEADERS at different levels in government have been urged to embrace Smart Partnership Dialogue that seeks to involve all people in development decision making process.

The challenge was made by Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda during a meeting that involved regional and district commissioners and other leaders in the country who met to discuss the Smart Partnership Dialogue in Dodoma over the weekend.

"There is a special thing about Smart Partnership Dialogue meetings, they create an avenue for leaders and citizens to meet and discuss development agendas and reach consensus on the way forward this is very crucial in attaining development," the Premier said.

Tanzania will host the Global 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue meeting next year and this came about after the promise by President Jakaya Kikwete while attending a similar meeting dubbed Langkawi Smart Partnership Dialogue in Petrojaya, Malaysia in June, 2011.

Mr Pinda said that this concept acknowledges the value of common people in the country's development and therefore leaders should be keen to understand and explain it to their people. Explaining further on the Smart Partnership Dialogue concept, the Premier said government leaders sit with various groups of people to discuss issues and agree.

These various groups are the ones that are called smart partnership links. He said a system to know innovators was now in place and that Smart Partnership Dialogue will be an appropriate avenue to link Tanzania and other countries around the world in areas of science, technology and innovation.

"There are innovators out there, we must know and develop them and this partnership will help in achieving that," he said. The Acting Executive Secretary of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), Mr Samson Chemponda, said Smart Partnership Dialogue provides the chance to regional and district business councils to put their strategies together and make sure that smart partnership succeeds.

He said that TNBC has the responsibility to educate people all over the country about the Smart Partnership Dialogue for the benefit of the country. "We are going to invest in educating and informing people so that each and every individual will understand and participate in it and we'll make sure the meeting succeeds," he said.

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