11 December 2012

Tanzania Sets Plan for Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo — 'Bury my heart,' this is the literally meaning of the word Bagamoyo, the first capital city of Tanganyika during the 18th century.

During those days, the city was used as an important trading port for the East African coast where slaves were being assembled before shipping them to Zanzibar.

Last week a dialogue 'The future that we want' organised by President's Office in collaboration with Department of Economics of the University of Dar es Salaam mapped out a plan for the city's next 5 years.

Head of department of Economics of the University Dar es Salaam, Dr Adolf Mkenda says the purpose of the consultation process is to stimulate an inclusive, open and transparent debate on a post 2015 development agenda for members from the private sector and its related umbrella organizations.

Among the serious matters that were raised during the 'fruitful gathering' include a call for Tanzanians to change their mindset towards work and stop grievances, cut out bureaucracy and promote rule of law.

Dr Mkenda says there is an ongoing global discussion on what the agenda should be after the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) 2015.

"That's why we have decided to use consultative meeting to garner views on how to shape next five years' national development plan."

Elaborating the effective way to tackle the new agenda forward after 2015, Dr Mkenda says the future that we want is for all of us; thus, we carry out these consultations with a view to inform the future development framework beyond 2015.

"In order to achieve our vision and create a better future for the coming generations, we need to put these principles in practice," Dr Mkenda said in Bagamoyo last week.

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