Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

11 April 2014

Tanzania: Membe Stresses Public-Private Development Partnership

THE Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, has stressed the need for strengthening work relationship with the private sector if the country is to attain faster development.

A statement issued on Thursday by the Directorate of Presidential Communications said Mr Membe, who is in Washington DC, United States, made the remarks shortly after receiving on behalf of President Kikwete, a prestigious award from the US-based highly influential and internationally reputed journal, the African Leadership Magazine.

Mr Membe said it will be difficult to attain the expected economic benchmark without a joint effort between the public and private sectors, adding that the government will ensure that the two work together for the benefit of the country.

"Experience in our country has shown that close working ties between the two sectors are the key foundation for the development we are enjoying today, especially in the social and economic spheres", Mr Membe observed.

He cited an example whereby the country has been dishing out higher learning loans to students both in public and private institutions, which, he said, has brought big changes in the development sector.

The magazine elected President Kikwete for its 2013 annual award in recognition of his leadership role in the country and African continent in general.

The award is annually given to leaders who have displayed exemplary performance and made significant social, political and economic contribution to the people in their respective countries.

He said despite a host of challenges in realising the goal, many strides have been made in many fields, including education, healthcare, water supply, energy, infrastructure and several other aspects of the economy.

Moreover, Mr Membe pointed out, the economy is getting stronger as major macro-economic indicators look stable while investors can now easily predict returns on their investments.

Mr Membe said Tanzania now boasts of having many tarmac roads, digital communication and telecommunication facilities. President Kikwete's choice for the award by the Magazine was based on the good record Tanzania has so far registered in many fields since he became president in December 2005.

Among the highlights in his leadership include consistent economic growth that average seven per cent annually over the last eight years, social and economic empowerment of the people as well as good governance record.

The magazine points out that Tanzania has remained a shining example in Africa and beyond as the land of sustainable development and peace after undertaking major social, political and economic reforms in the last decade.

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