UONGOZI Institute and REPOA launch Programme to aid Government with Sound Economic Policies

UI_REPOA-1024x693Dar es Salaam, 20th December 2018: UONGOZI Institute and REPOA have launched a new programme that aims to support the Government to design and implement policies to improve the economy and business environment in the country.

The programme officially known as ‘Evidence – Based Policy Making on Economic Governance in Tanzania’ will be co-implemented by the two institutions during a five-year period.

The announcement was made today at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre during a half-day workshop to identify focus areas for the programme to ensure relevance in improving economic governance in the country. The workshop gathered 50 policy, planning and research senior officials from various Government ministries, agencies and institutions, as well as the private sector.

The CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja said, “The programme aims to support the development and implementation of appropriate Government macro-fiscal policies and a conducive business environment that is built on a sound and evidence-based analytical work, wider and more informed policy dialogues on the requisite economic governance and a competitive industrial structure.”

According to Prof. Semboja, the programme is customized to meet the Government’s ambitions of meeting sustained economic growth driven by economic transformation (productivity), industrialisation and trade expansion; as well as instruments for sustained economic growth, which include, trade, investment and economic governance.

On his part, the Executive Director of REPOA, Dr. Donald Mmari said their collaboration signifies a stronger partnership in leveraging efforts in supporting the government towards a more dynamic approach in its industrialization journey, in particular, implementing the National Five-Year Development Plan 2016/17 – 2020/21, which carries the theme ‘Nurturing Industrialization for Economic Transformation and Human Development’.

“Tanzania has enjoyed a GDP growth rate of 6.9% during the last 10 years. We therefore believe that with the kind of informed research that this programme is going to produce, the national economy will be able to grow to double-digit numbers,” said Dr. Mmari.

The major focus of the programme will be designing and implementing policies that can improve macro fiscal policy in the areas of budget credibility, debt management, public expenditure management and financial accountability, and Inter-governmental fiscal relationships.

Regarding business environment, the programme aims to contribute solutions on the constraints to the ease of doing business, constraints to private sector growth, and the aspect of competitiveness.

During a presentation at the workshop, a Researcher from UONGOZI Institute, Dr. Godfrey Nyamrunda stated that in terms of the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity and competitiveness; Tanzania has scored 47.2 out of 100. The country has also been ranked 116 out of 140 economies assessed by The Global Competitiveness Index 2018.

Dr. Nyamrunda said that the Programme aims to support the Government of Tanzania and other development stakeholders to address some of the challenges through a combination of research and analysis, the dissemination of research outputs and informed policy dialogue.

Other key stakeholders that will play a key role in the programme include the Bank of Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Oxford and Christ Mckillen Institute (CMI).

Prime Minister Majaliwa officiates the first-of-its-kind Leadership Programme for RCs and RASs

Opening-1024x475Fifty-two Regional Commissioners (RCs) and Regional Administrative Secretaries (RASs) from Tanzania Mainland are participating in a one-week intensive leadership programme from Monday 3rd December, 2018 to Friday 7th December, 2018 in Dodoma.

The leadership workshop, which has been organised by UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), was officiated by Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa (MP), Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, on 03rd December, 2018. Two Ministers were in attendance, Hon. Capt. (Rt.) George Huruma Mkuchika (MP), Minister of State, President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance; and Hon. Selemani Said Jafo (MP), Minister of State, PO-RALG.

In his address, Prime Minister Majaliwa urged the RCs and RASs to use the Programme as an opportunity to strengthen their leadership capacities and competencies.

He stated, “The topics incorporated in this Programme are essential and applicable. It is my anticipation that after this workshop, you will better understand your roles and work together effectively to achieve the national development goals.”

The Prime Minister further asked the RCs and RASs to pay attention and contribute to the discussions during the Programme. He added, “Through discussions, you may note issues on policies and laws that impede your efficiency; in this case, do not hesitate to submit your recommendations to the Government.”

The Prime Minister instructed the RCs and RASs to implement the following upon their return to respective Regions; increase efficiency, ensure work plans are developed and implemented, maintain peace and harmony in respective areas, organise meetings to discuss legal issues, address land disputes (including farmer-herder disputes), manage farmers’ associations to ensure farmers reap the benefits, manage public resources and consider value for money when implementing development projects, manage risks and internal control systems, ensure availability of social services, ensure regular school attendance as well as the protection and welfare of female-students, and to follow instructions from their seniors.

The Prime Minister further emphasised that RCs and RASs must act in accordance with leadership ethics and values. He said, “You must set an example for others to follow. Also, you should always apply best participatory approaches and aim to foster citizens’ development.”

On his part, Prof. Joseph Semboja, CEO of UONGOZI Institute underscored the objective of the Pro0gramme.

“Experience and lessons across the world have shown that for a country to achieve sustainable development, good leadership must be in place,” he stated.

He added, “This Programme is the first of its kind designed for RCs and RASs, which aims at strengthening their leadership competencies and enabling them to work towards the realisation of sustainable development for the country and eventually, the continent.”

Prof. Semboja further stated that the Programme will focus on three key leadership competencies, namely Making Strategic Choices and Decisions, Leading People and Managing other Resources, and Exceling in Personal Leadership Qualities.

Prof. Semboja added that the workshop is a continuation of a collaborative initiative between UONGOZI Institute and the PO-RALG, which intends to reach as many Regional Administration and Local Government leaders as possible to strengthen their leadership competencies and increase efficiency. Similar leadership development programmes were organised for District Commissioners and Directors of Local Government Authorities, and delivered in five phases between May, 2017 and October, 2018.

The five-day workshop will cover several key topics, including Personal Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Harmonious Political-Administrative Interface, Strategic Communication, Protocols and Etiquettes, National Defense and Security matters, Management of Public Finances and other Resources, Procurement in the Public Sector and the Control of Illegal Drugs.