PM supports CEOrt mission to mould Tanzania’s next generation

01Feb 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
PM supports CEOrt mission to mould Tanzania’s next generation

​​​​​​​PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa advised graduates of the CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP) who were promoted to C-level executive management positions to use their skills in order to accelerate expansion and growth of the Tanzanian economy in a sustainable manner.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa pictured in Dares Salaam at the weekend presenting a certificate to Anna Shanalingigwa, one of the participants of a just-ended CEO Apprenticeship Programme, as CEO Roundtable of Tanzania chairman Sanjay Rughani looks on. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Majaliwa made the advice in Dar es Salaam over the weekend when speaking at the graduation of CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP).

He urged the Board of Directors of CEOs Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt), to work with the government and other institutions to identify areas in need of local leaders and provide effective training.

The premier encouraged the Board of Directors of CEOrt to prepare training programs with emphasis in the following industries; mining, oil and gas, construction and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with the goal of building capacity in these key sectors of the economy.

The Prime Minister also called on the CEOrt to work together with the government to broaden the knowledge base of leading experts in the implementation of major national strategic projects.

"This training has come at the right time as it is in line with the government’s philosophy of “Hapa Kazi Tu”, it has also come at a time when the country is now a middle-income economy so these leaders should use their skills and expertise in the implementation of big projects such as Standard Gauge Railway and Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station,” he said.

The Chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt), Sanjay Rughani, said the programe came out after conducting research CEOrt found that 60 percent of the companies wanted to hire local Tanzanian and African leaders to hold CEO positions but finding these CEOs was a very difficult task.

According to Rughani, in recognising the existing leadership gap and need for additional investment in Tanzania’s human capital, the CEOrt partnered with Strathmore University Business School (SBS) embarked on a mission to launch a specialized leadership programme – the CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP) two years ago.

“For the duration of the programme, the sixteen CAP participants followed a practical goal-oriented curriculum along with strong mentorship and leadership coaching expanding their thought capacity from an operational to a strategic lens preparing them to become future CEOs. 

“The main objective of the CAP initiative is to facilitate the succession of CAP graduates into CEO positions over time, and in turn create a pipeline of competent, experienced, and visionary leaders in Tanzania,” he said.

He said the training is aimed at enabling Tanzanians to hold senior positions of Chief Executive Officer (CEOs) and Managing Directors (MDs) in various companies and institutions.

“In just its pioneering year, the CEO Apprenticeship Programme has witnessed the succession of three of its participants who have attained positions at the C-level.

“From Songas Ltd, Anael Samuel has recently been promoted to hold the position of Managing Director. Representing Access Bank, Julius Ruwaichi has been appointed as the bank's Chief Executive Officer, and Anna Shanalingigwa from PASS Trust has most recently been appointed as Acting Managing Director.

In addition, another one of this year’s success stories of the CEO Apprenticeship Programme is graduate, Anna Shanalingigwa, was promoted internally during the training and is now the Acting Managing Director of PASS, said that achieving these goals requires additional strength.

"The CAP program has widened my thinking capacity and knowledge on how I can tackle leadership position," she said.

She said in order to achieve these goals; a woman needs the full support of the community to be a better leader for the benefit of the company and society at large

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