UN meet: Samia stresses women’s uplift initiative

23Sep 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
UN meet: Samia stresses women’s uplift initiative
  • Set to address UN General Assembly today

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT Salmia Suluhu Hassan has been holding talks with heads of key international organizations including the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the sidelines of  the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which she is expected to address today.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has an audience with World Bank Group President David Robert Malpass in New York on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. They discussed, among other issues, the bank’s support to Tanzania in its efforts to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19. Photo: State House

World Bank President David Malpass pledged continued support to the president’s efforts in various sectors during his meeting with President Samia, with the president also holding talks with WTO director general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The latter is also a key administrator of the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) whom the president consulted on issues to trade facilitation and availability of vaccines, fisheries administration and agriculture, the presidential entourage said in a statement.

In an earlier address focusing on climate change and ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the president said that since coming into office she has been appointing women executives to key positions to dispel the notion that those positions can’t be held by women.

"I have recently appointed the Minister for Defense and National Service, the first woman to hold that position in our country's history,” she said in example.

She said that she has recently formed a team of experts to look at how best the country can achieve gender equality, with the team expected to come up with a number of proposals to uplift women, especially in relation to the fight against poverty.

Areas that the team is going through include amendments to oppressive laws, policies and strategies to assist women in accessing opportunities in various fields including employment, education, and other economic uplifting activities such as land tenure, access to credit and leadership positions.

The World Bank promised to continue extending support to Tanzania to enable the country implement its development projects, meanwhile as President Samia thanked the Bretton Woods institution for its lending to uplift social services and recently, mitigating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The global financial institution promised to lend a hand inCovid-19 vaccine procurement, uptake and deployment of such facilities through the International Development Association (IDA), its soft loans window.

Bank president Malpass praised Tanzania’s efforts to improve the business environment and facilitate private sector-led growth through regulatory reforms.

A World Bank statement said that Malpass raised the importance of electricity access, affordable housing and the digital infrastructure through regional solutions to improve efficiency and create more competitive markets.

He overly emphasised debt transparency and careful selection of investment programs and their financing sources, it added.

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