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Ombeni touts public-private partnership

13th December 2012
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Ombeni Sefue

Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue has said the country’s fast economic growth will depend largely on the strong partnership between public and private sectors.

“If we don’t partner ourselves we cannot build the strong economy even if donors will keep supporting us,” Sefue, who is also chairman of the executive committee of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), said on Tuesday night at a special function organised by TNBC to bid a farewell to his predecessor, who served the council for six years.

He said time has come to unlock the growth potential and set priorities needed to sustain all economic foundations.

“This time round we must build a strong economy, and you will count my commitment to achieving this as the council’s executive committee chairman,” Sefue said.

The CS described his predecessor, Philemon Luhanjo, as a committed leader who did a lot to ensure the private sector grew and contributed significantly to national economic growth and development.

“You achieved a lot under your leadership,” Sefue said, noting that nobody has a monopoly of wisdom.

According to the chairman, public-private forums were important in building the national economy, hence deliberate efforts must be taken to ensure public and private sectors work together as true partners.

“I take this opportunity to assure you that the council will continue to be active, innovative and work as a team,” he said, adding that Luhanjo was a good conveyor belt in the council made up of members from both public and private sectors.

Speaking at the same function, the Council’s co-chairperson and chairperson of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Esther Mkwizu, described Luhanjo as an exceptional leader committed to the growth and development of the private sector.

“Since the establishment of TNBC in 2001, the working relationship between public and private sectors has improved steadily,” she said, adding that he strongly advocated the Kilimo Kwanza initiative.

Earlier, in his vote of thanks, Luhanjo thanked the council members for the co-operation they extended to him during the time he served as the executive committee chairman until he retired last December.

“To ensure the private sector grows at the required pace, civil servants must continue to change their mindset and see investors and businesspeople as their partners in transforming the economy,” he said.

He said the country has a policy on public-private partnership, adding that if it is fully implemented the pace of the country’s economic growth will triple and have a multiplier effect on the economy.

“I take this opportunity to thank you all for the gifts given to me. This shows that you really recognised my contribution in the civil service. After my retirement I decided to return to my homeland (Njombe) to engage in farming,” he said.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN