THE Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Servacius Likwelile, has said the government will continue investing in infrastructure to stimulate economic growth.
The PS made the remarks at the weekend when officiating at the 8th graduation ceremony of Tanzania's Postgraduate Diploma on Poverty Analysis organised jointly by the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) and the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA).
"Apart from increasing investment on infrastructure, the government will also strengthen governance and accountability to minimise wasteful expenditure," Dr Likwelile noted.
He added: "Research on poverty and social security as well as resource mobilisation is critical on broadening the tax base through deepening of the financial sector." Dr Likwelile hailed REPOA and ESRF for the diploma programme, noting that the training is responsive to the demand of the market.
"The diploma programme and the 27 students graduating today represent a response to the demand of the market. It is thus useful in fulfilling the knowledge gap," the PS said.
The post-graduate diploma on poverty analysis was officially launched in December 2003 with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), according to Executive Director of ESRF, Dr Bohela Lunogelo.
He went on to explain that the programme enlightens trainees on policy analysis, especially those who are actively involved in research on poverty, social economic security and development.
"The programme is jointly delivered and managed by the three institutions namely ESRF, REPOA and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, whereas the ISS is the awarding institution," Dr Bohela said.
According to the ESRF boss, the diploma programme is suitable for mid-career professionals pursuing jobs in research and policy analysis in the government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia, among others.