Government to empower citizenry,  says PM

21Sep 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Government to empower citizenry,  says PM

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday said the government will continue to empower Tanzanians to enable them participate effectively in the economy by making amendments to the regulatory frameworks in key sectors such as oil and gas, mining, insurance and public procurement.

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

He said the move is mainly to make sure that Tanzanians are given first priority of employment in the procurement, skills development and technology development for the strategic projects taking place in the country.

The PM made the statement in Dodoma when closing the Local Content conference held at LAPF hall.

“It is with no doubt that you will agree  with me that  involvement of citizens in building ourr economy is vital, and this is what other countries are doing to accelerate their economies,” he said.

He said the government has continued to provide priority in several services include insurance, financial services, legal matters and engineering.

But also, several agreements on infrastructure construction has also opened up employment opportunities together with goods and services available in the country,” he detailed.

Majaliwa said the government has decided to invest more efforts to execute the five years national development plan 2016/17- 2020/21 which among others is focusing on strengthening the availability of basic skills needed in the industries and in service provision.

He said the concept of local content is one among the essential component that will enable the country to achieve its goal of becoming the middle income country by 2025.

He however said, if the goods and services will be fully utilized in the ongoing strategic project in the country, domestic industries will grow and the raw materials available in the country will get market and create room for employment opportunities that will speed up growth of economy.

“There is no any country in the world that can prosper in the economy without setting up a clear vision and efforts of making sure there are conducive and attractive environment for the citizens to play part in the economy are enhanced,” Majaliwa said.

He ordered the national guideline for citizen participation in the sectors to be distributed to stakeholders for them to be familiar with their responsibilities for empowering Tanzanians to participate in the economy.

The conference was attended by several ministers, Dodoma regional commissioner Dr Binilith Mahenge, executive secretary for National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) Bengi Issa, chairman for the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) Salum Shamte, and chairman for the NEEC. Others were business people, academicians, researchers, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and entrepreneur  groups.