Scholars fight poverty with road-map

12Mar 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
Scholars fight poverty with road-map

Local academicians and economists have expressed effective implementation of plans and integrity within the government and private sectors as fundamental pillars in the nation’s successful drive in poverty alleviation and economic transformation.

Dr Abdallah Possi

In their book titled 'How Can Tanzania move from poverty to Prosperity”, the academicians from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) are optimistic that the country will be industrialized, thanks to its relative advantages from agricultural land, forestry, fisheries and minerals.

The book with the theme ‘Implementation Effectiveness’ was launched yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for policy coordination, parliamentary affairs, employment and persons with physical disabilities, Dr Abdallah Possi.

Presenting the book, Dr Bashiru Ally from UDSM said for the country to mark off poverty, leaders must push for higher standards of education, performance and integrity.

"We need a strong and visionary leadership with achieving attitude to ensure transformation process, for it is hard to realize the objectives if people are disorganized", he noted.

Dr Bashiru also emphasized the formation of long-term and sustainable socio-economic plans to which all leaderships should adhere regardless of their time succession.

“We need to have long-term master plans of between 30 and 50 years to which every regime must adhere,” he said.

But Dr Possi suggested that the best way to eradicate poverty was as simple as ensuring proper implementation and supervision of plans and policy, short of which is typical of Tanzania.

However, the deputy minister who also deals with policy coordination advised the government to adopt a vision of a nation with an industrialized economy, saying “there’s been no nation that achieved socio-economic development without putting emphasis on industrial development,” adding that for a country to achieve industrial progress, it has to invest in infrastructure, education, skills, innovations, science and technology.

He urged the government to adopt a national policy for science and technology as a road-map for socio-economic transformation and poverty alleviation.

“We must have policy, technology, innovation and institutions that are pro-business and pro-private sector,” he said, adding that Tanzania should also learn from experience of other progressive nations that had trodden on equally thorny colonial past.

But reaching such heights, according to him, serious change in public mindset was necessary, given the need for collective participation in achieving the goals set in the national master plan.