THE Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Maimuna Tarishi, directed key partners in the natural resources sector to come up with strategic interventions to collectively improve the management and increase its contributions to the country's economy.
She was opening a review meeting for the sector in Dar es Salaam when she said, "the government will continue to play the role of providing and improving infrastructure as well as providing conducive environment for sustainable development of the sector."
Currently, the natural resources and tourism sector is contributing over 17 per cent in the national budget. She said that the increase of the sector's contribution to the economic growth of the nation and the world at large would reduce poverty among communities.
In her speech read on her behalf at the meeting by the Ministry's Deputy Permanent Secretary, Selestine Gesimba, Ms Tarishi also pointed out that the government was taking measures to improve the working relationship with the natural resources stakeholders through enhancing public private partnership.
"I urge you to come up with strategies that will ensure that the available opportunities are exploited efficiently and effectively, particularly strengthening capacities to manage natural resources (and ) exploitation of opportunities available in natural resources sector," she said.
The permanent secretary seized an opportunity to express the government's appreciation to development partners for the support which directed towards development of the natural resources sector.
She said that the government was committed and assured that resources provided would be used responsibly, considering that whatever support extended to the development agenda was a sacrifice from their taxpayers and has to be accounted for.
According to her, development partners have been instrumental in conservation of the country's natural resources for many years. She expressed her hope that such spirit would be maintained.
"While we implore our development partners to factor the needs of the sector, in particular, we remain cognizant of our own responsibility to do whatever is in our power to make sure that the available scarce resources are used for the fulfillment of the intended tasks," she said.
During the meeting held at the National College of Tourism in the city, some senior officials responsible for the sector, notably from forestry, fisheries development and wildlife division, presented some papers, which were later discussed by the participants.