Press Release: Strengthening Regional Integration in SADC – A Public Lecture by H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa

An integrated Africa has been the goal of African leaders since the attainment of independence more than 50 years ago. Arguments for speeding up the integration process have been advanced, and it is generally agreed that integration would be politically and economically beneficial for Africa. The challenge has been how to make this vision a reality.

H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania is set to deliver a keynote address at the Public Lecture on “Deepening Integration in SADC:Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

The Lecture will be held on 15th August, 2019 at the Library Auditorium, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours. Following the keynote address, the lecture will feature a panel discussion involving H.E. Benjamin Mkapa; H.E. Dr. Simba Makoni, former Executive Secretary of SADC; Prof. Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, Security Studies Coordinator at the Wits School of Governance, South Africa; and Mr. Gilead Teri, Program Lead for Tanzania Investment Climate, World Bank Group. 

Jointly organised by the Southern African Development Community (SADC),the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, UONGOZI Institute and University of Dar es Salaam, the Lecture aims to stimulate discussion on regional integration, especially as it relates to the SADC.

The Lecture will discuss key achievements in the SADC integration process; opportunities from deepening integration; challenges hindering the deepening of integration and ways to overcome them; and lessons from other regional blocks for speeding up realisation of SADC objectives.

The event will bring together leaders from the SADC, government, political parties, diplomatic missions, business, civil society and academia. It is also open to the public. 



UONGOZI Institute, a government institute established by the Government of Tanzania, exists to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa. We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development. UONGOZI Institute delivers training and organises forums and discussions with the aim of bringing leaders and experts together to share their knowledge on issues of relevance to leadership and sustainable development.

For more information contact:

Suzan Aroko, Communications Officer, UONGOZI Institute 

Tel: +255 22 2602917



Announcing the Winners of the Leadership Essay Competition 2019

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to announce the finalists of the Leadership Essay Competition 2019. This year, over 2,000 essays from accross Africa were received. After rigorously evaluating each of the essays received, only four essays scored sufficient points to be included as finalists.

The four winners are (in no particular order):

  1. N’Gandjo Wasswa Cisse – Ivory Coast  
  2. Dimowo Cosmas – Nigeria
  3. Kelvin Mugisha – Tanzania
  4. Panashe Gombiro – Zimbabwe

The above finalists will be traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the awards ceremony during the African Leadership Forum, hosted by the former President of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa on 29th August, 2019.

UONGOZI Institute would like to thank each one of the 2,000+ young African citizens who participated in this year’s competition under the theme:

“If you were an African leader, how would you promote sustainable use of the renewable natural resources for fostering socio-economic transformation in Africa?”

Note: The essays were fairly evaluated by our panel of judges based on a set of criteria, including originality, creativity, use of language, appropriateness to contest theme and organisational structure.