He made these remarks yesterday when officiating at the fifth people’s economic empowerment workshop here, citing its priorities as including the strengthening of health services, community protection, water, electricity and implementation of free education.
"Healthy and educated people with enabling infrastructures are essential components of our country’s economic growth,” he said
Inclusive economic empowerment is a major requirement for sustainable growth, whereby the government has organised the 2025 Development Vision which among other aspects focuses at an enabling environment that will allow the country to benefit economically, socially, politically and culturally.
The 2025 development Vision also focuses at higher standards of living, peace, solidarity, good governance and a robust competitive economy, he remarked, underlining that the government has come up with various policies aiming at sustainable development and an inclusive economy.
Among these policies is the 2004 National Policy of People’s Economic Empowerment, which he described as a pilot policy in economic issues, setting strategies to bring about full participation of the people in economic growth.
He declared that ministerial, regional authorities and public institutions involved in empowerment need to make sure that the good intention of President Samia Suluhu Hassan directed at enabling the country to attain an inclusive economy is realized.
"Establish people’s empowerment centres that would provide loan services, training, and formalization of economic activities and seeking out markets as provided for in the 2020 CCM Manifesto,” he explained.
Authorities in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as well as Industry and Trade, along with institutions like the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO), the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) and other educational institutions need to provide training suited to the needs of internal and external markets, so that beneficiaries are able to connect in these areas of provision of goods and services, he stated.
Local councils must put in place an enabling environment and allocate areas for entrepreneurs and small traders, especially women, youth and people with disabilities to conduct gainful occupations.
He similarly unveiled the people’s economic empowerment database under the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC), intended to connect service providers and investors to various empowerment institutions.