11 December 2012

Tanzania: 2015 - Dar Should Cut Red Tape to Prosper!


The United Nations has selected a sample of countries and in the East African region, Tanzania was chosen to conduct intensive consultations for the Development Agenda after 2015.

The purpose of the consultation process in Dar es Salaam, was 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.

These consultations and dialogues, which are aimed at silhouetting 'The Future That We Want', was organized by President's Office - Planning Commission in collaboration with department of Economics of the University of Dar es Salaam.

The President's Office, Planning Commission has engaged the University of Dar es Salaam, department of economics to organize some of these consultative activities, in order to allow the country benefit from the impediments that draw it from the country's targeted economic growth.

Among the critical issues raised during the 'fruitful gathering' include a call from to Tanzanians to change their mindset towards work ethics, and stop grievances, cut bureaucracy as well as promoting the rule of law and good governance.

It is true that many investors here have left for other countries due concerns of red tape, bureaucracy, corruption by public officers.

The country will fail to attain the national development vision unless public officials abide by the principles of good governance, accountability, credibility, integrity and stewardship of the country's resources.

In order to achieve the Post-2015 National Development Plan, there is a need to cut all the negative impediments. Business-as-usual-mind sets will never make the development vision to sail.

There is a need, not just for Tanzania, but all EAC countries to single out key priority areas and identify strategic interventions that will accelerate economic growth, create employment and support industrialization growth efforts.

The plan would successfully be implemented with good governance in place where democracy, rule of law and human rights can be exercised without fear.

Having a wealth of educated officials is a boost to the country and should shape the next five year's national development plan while looking at the proper management on how to implement the vision.

This plan in turn would enable the country to advance the poverty alleviation objectives and sustainable development through increased use of environmental economics in the policy making process.

The development of any country lies with commitment. Tanzania need therefore to committee herself to its proposed plan of development by making sure that she do away with bureaucracy, corruption and promote the rule of law and good governance in order to accelerate development.

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