Chairman of the ALAT, Gulamhafeez Mukadamu, yesterday said the 34rd annual general meeting (AGM) opening will be presided over by the head of state while Speaker of the National Assembly will preside at the closing.
He said the theme of this year's meeting is: "The importance of Local Government Authority's participation in providing services through opportunities and challenges towards the industrial economy".
He added that the theme is aimed at showing that the LGAs are close to people and are providing the needed services.
"Therefore participation of people is important especially in identifying and supervising development projects as well as initiating investment and industries to reach the industrial economy," he said.
"We will insist our members to allocate enough lands for industrial investments in their area to support the industrialization agenda, we will put out efforts on industrial investment," said Mukadamu who also doubles as Mayor of Shinyanga.
He said the four-day meeting comes at a time when the association is transforming itself into a new face that will reinstate trust among its members countrywide.
"Currently, we are in process to positively change the ALAT to make it new again, including informing the members the actions taken against the dishonest members of secretariat of the association," he said.
The meeting is expected to attract about 500 participants, including Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) and executives from the ministry, local government leaders and representatives from government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
During the meeting, the ALAT will also take the participants through the report of implementation of the association's activities for last year.
Speaking at the same press conference yesterday, the NMB Bank's central zone manager, Nzolo Mlozi issued one hundred million cheque to the ALAT boss as part of the bank's sponsorship gesture of the general meeting.
He said the bank acknowledges contribution of the councils in implementing development activities in the country.