HUGE positive changes in discharge of services and government monitoring system of development projects have started with the inauguration of a new model borrowed from Malaysia.
Under the new performance monitoring system, every detail of agreed or planned project would be closely monitored on daily basis to ensure implementation was smooth and emerging challenges. The model, designed to speed up development for the country, would require full participation of different sectors focused on a common goal, which is excellent delivery of services and fight poverty to its entirety.
This is known as realization of faster results in the shortest time possible. President Kikwete said that the approach would transform the government delivery system for increased efficiency. The approach has been borrowed from Malaysia which has already offered initial training to Tanzanian officials on the arrangement.
"Every nation has a development vision with short and long term goals and how these results would be delivered. Nations and the world over, put in place mechanisms that ensure delivery of results, some succeed more than others, wisdom demands that we learn from those that have succeeded," President Kikwete said. According to him, he is impressed by achievements recorded in countries such as Vietnam, which had been ravaged by war, but now the second largest producer of rice, at 33 million tonnes and the second largest producer of coffee at 700,000 tonnes, after Brazil.
Other countries that President Kikwete cited as having recorded tremendous achievements include Britain under Tonny Blair's leadership, Ethiopia and Malaysia. President Kikwete was impressed by the mechanism put in place to ensure the government delivers on developmental programmes, while attending the Smart Business Partnership Conference, dubbed the Lankavi conference in Malaysia in 2011.
"In Malaysia they start with identifying issues, and then identify key results areas, which are then translated into budgetary allocation. We have decided to start with six areas, energy, water, education, infrastructure, agriculture and resource mobilization," he explained.
He explained that Malaysia has turned 180 degrees since independence in 1957, transforming itself into a thriving modern economy and leapfrogged from a low-income to a middle-income trajectory. He thanked the Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), Prime Minister's Office, Government of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Idris Jala and the entire team from Malaysia for the assistance.
He urged the LAB participants to discuss all the areas in detail and come up with viable proposals that will be used during the implementation process. Underscoring the importance of delivery results fast, President Kikwete noted that evaluation of MKUKUTA I showed that poverty reduction was only 2 per cent, stressing that if the nation does not do something, MKUKUTA II will have little effect on poverty.
"Our hopes are on you, go to the LABS, discuss freely and come up with pertinent proposals... please raise to the occasion, I know you can do this. We want to move from business as usual to doing better, we are here to deliver desired results," the president said.
Earlier, the Chief Secretary, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, said the model has come at the right time as Tanzania has only 13 years to go before attaining the targeted status of a middle income country. Executive Secretary of the Planning Commission Dr Philip Mipango said the LABS process is being co-financed by the government of Tanzania and DFID.
All ministers in the six targeted areas, the Minister of Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawabwa, the Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, the Minister for Finance, Dr William Mgimwa and the Minister for Agriculture; Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Christopher Chiza, reiterated their commitment and cooperation to the labs.
The labs which comprises of government's top experts, will for the next six weeks discuss challenges in six areas; Water, Energy, Infrastructure, Education, Agriculture and increase government revenue and come up with a detailed process of achieving solutions.