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Tanzania: Implementation of Malaysia model "set to start soon"

Dodoma:  Tanzania has adopted the Malaysian model of development and implementation will start in the Financial Year 2013/14, being part of the government’s effort to transform the country into a middle-class economy, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said yesterday. Unveiling the Sh4.2 trillion budget for the Prime Minister’s Office and the Local government and Regional Authorities in Parliament in Dodoma yesterday, Mr Pinda said a system has been created to ensure effective implementation of six priority areas. More budgetary allocations for development projects would be made to the priority areas to ensure the country moves forward faster, he said.

The six priority areas to be implemented in the next fiscal year include: energy and natural gas, transport, agriculture, water, education and mobilisation of resources. A comprehensive system has been created, the Premier said, to ensure there is a break from the past where priorities ended up being ignored.

President’s Delivery Bureau “A body called President’s Delivery Bureau has been created to oversee the general implementation of government priorities,” Mr Pinda said. The Bureau will be under the President’s Office and will bring together experts and key stakeholders who will choose and agree on priorities as well as refine them to make them implementable.

At one point the public would be involved on the choice and the implementation of priorities. To show how serious the government is in implementing the Budget, President Jakaya Kikwete in February unveiled the Big Results Initiative, which is similar to the one used in Malaysia and Rwanda, and which would involve the creation of mechanisms that make sure top government officials deliver.

A mechanism will track their performance and those who fail to meet targets would be forced to resign. Six ministers in whose dockets the six priorities fall have committed themselves to be evaluated by the initiative and said they would resign if they fail to meet their targets. The government has decided to learn from the Malaysian model due to the great strides the country has made in its 50 years of independence.

The Malaysian model Malaysia is seen as “a newly industrialised country that has one of the best economic records in Asia and is on its way to soon become a developed country.” However, at the time of its independence in 1957 the country had the same level of development as that of Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Malaysian is expected to achieve a “developed” status by the year 2020. The country was a predominantly mining and agricultural-based economy like Tanzania is now. But in the 1970s it began a transition towards a more multi-sectoral economy and from the 1980s, the industrial sector has led Malaysia’s growth.

And Tanzania is determined to follow that path despite various challenges that have been enlisted by experts as poor attitude and bad work ethic of civil servants, inadequate pay, which partly fuels corruption and bureaucracy. The others are weak institutions.

Malaysian experts have been in the country coaching 300 Tanzanian experts on how the country can move forward by implementing the six priority areas articulated in the Tanzania National Development Vision 2025.

Chris Tan, director for Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), a Malaysian government agency conducting the coaching, said last week the coaching focused on the six priority areas identified by the government of Tanzania.

Peace and security Meanwhile, the PM yesterday said the government won’t tolerate any attempts by individual or groups that instigate violence and threaten to break peace. He said Tanzania was well known all over the world as a haven of peace and brotherhood and that the government won’t allow any individual or a group of people to undermine the good record.

Mr Pinda spoke strongly on the matter when he was delivering his office’s budget speech in Parliament. “The government will make sure all wananchi are safe and they continue with daily activities peacefully,” he stressed.  He added: “All of us are supposed to adhere to the principles and laws of the land.”

Winding up his speech, the Premier identified five major issues the government would focus on in the implementing development programmes in 2013/14.

Commenting on the 2025 Millennium Development Goals, the Premier said only 12 years remained and that the government was focusing at applying the Big Results Now initiative to ensure there is clear implementation of various development programmes.

He added that the government was also focusing on the progress of the formation of the new Constitution and asked wananchi to continue cooperating with the Constitution Review Commission. Moreover, the Premier said, the government would continue campaigning and supporting agriculture under its Kilimo Kwanza initiative.

“The government will put more efforts in supporting farmers by surveying land for agriculture, offering trainings and other essential things to ensure improvements in the agriculture sector,” said Mr Pinda.

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12 April 2013
The Citizen
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