President Jakaya Kikwete has challenged the private sector to effectively use research studies done by the higher learning institutions to foster the country economic development.
He made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday night when he presented awards to companies in an event was organised by the Tanzania Association of Employers (ATE).
The President said institutions of higher learning have made huge accomplishments in research, adding that using their studies, skills and experience, the private companies can easily transform the country’s economy.
"I am, therefore, more than convinced that if private companies in the country can work together with these institutions, our country’s economy can grow very fast. Recently I went to Nelson Mandela Institute in Arusha where they have done a lot of research in the areas o science, biology and agriculture. It’s my hope and that of the government that private companies will involve institutions of higher learning in this endevour,” he said.
President Kikwete also challenged the ATE and the government to work together on two-key imperatives - human resources development, particularly in developing sustainable partnerships between institutions of higher learning and industries, and secondly, making a deliberate move in speeding the investment business climate through effective partnership and genuine dialogue in implementing economic reforms and delivering on wealth creation.
He also thanked the employers, both private and public, for the great work they have done in supporting the government through job creation and economic development.
“I am grateful to share this moment with all of you this evening. You have been of great support to this nation and I assure you that the government will support you in your activities,” he promised.
Highlighting the government’s efforts in production, he said they alone cannot take Tanzania to be a middle income economy unless more concerted efforts between the government and the private sector were taken.
This year’s awards ceremony was held at Mlimani City Conference Hall and according to ATE, more than 30 companies battled it out for the top prize.
Standard Chartered Bank emerged the top winner, with CRDB Bank Plc being the first runner’s up snatching the Silver trophy, while Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) came as the second runners up, with a Bronze trophy.
In his remarks, Almas Athuman Maige, the newly elected chairperson of ATE, said the event was aimed at promoting and encouraging best human resources management practices and improving organisational productivity and competitiveness.
He said human resource is the most precious asset any company can have.
“ATE recognised continuous improvement of human resources and programmes at workplaces, hence the reason why it had introduced new awards this year,” he said.
For his part, ATE executive director Dr Aggrey Mlimuka, said this year’s event was different from the previous ones, organised since 2005, saying there were some additional award categories.
He named some of the new categories as Employment Disability Inclusiveness, Leadership and Governance, Quality and Productivity, Workforce Focus and Human Resource Management Functions.
Apart from the new categories, there were also the Overall Award, Small and Medium-size Award, Award in Terms of Sizes of Enterprises and Sub-Category Award.