11 December 2012

Tanzania: Kikwete to Grace 2012 Development Symposium

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete will on Wednesday grace the 2012 Development Symposium at Karimjee Hall in Dar es Salaam.

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Professorial Chair in Development at the University of Dar es Salaam, Prof Delphin Rwegasira, told journalists in the city that the main objective of the conference is to promote development among key stakeholders.

"This is also an important activity intended to honour Mwalimu Julius Nyerere's efforts towards faster national development and Third World progress," he said.

The two-day meeting under the theme "Enhancing Human Capital and Productivity for Faster Development in Tanzania" is expected to bring together about 200 participants including academicians, civil society, representatives of government and development partners.

Prof Rwegasira mentioned papers to be discussed at the assembly as the Political Economy of Growth and Distribution, the Challenges of Preserving Macroeconomic Stability, Factors explaining productivity and Approaches to Education and Skills Growth.

Others are the Promotion of Science and Technology for Development and Human and Resources for Agricultural and Mineral Development. "A concluding panel will focus specifically on refining and sharpening the developmental role of the state for the way forward," said Prof Rwegasira.

He pointed out that the professional papers prepared by senior academicians and policy analysts were aimed at addressing burning issues revolving around different sectors which would contribute to the national development. "We want to create a simple model of thinking on our economic development for the better life of the general public," he said.

The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Chair in Development is one of the three university wide chairs located in the UDSM's College of Arts and Social Sciences within Department of the Economics. The chair aims at spearheading basic and applied research in social development from economic perspective.

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