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The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
The government said yesterday that it is putting more emphasis on economic diplomacy to attain its indusrialisation goals.
Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation minister Palamagamba Kabudi said this when presenting his docket's 2019/20 budget estimates in Parliament.
"The focus is on advancing economic diplomacy to attain Tanzania's industrialisation goals," he said, adding that a number of diplomatic assignments had already been undertaken in line with the endeavour.
Prof Kabudi, who asked Parliament to approve Sh166.92 billion for the ministry's recurrent and development expenditure in 2019/20, also said Tanzania's embassies have been directed to play a pivotal role in attracting more tourists and investors to the country.
He said the country was benefiting from cordial relations with the international community.
The benefits include the partnership between Tanzania and Egypt in the construction of a meat processing plant in Tanzania.
The plant, which will have the capacity of slaughtering 1,500 cattle and 4,500 goats daily, is to be set up in Coast Region and operated jointly by National Ranching Company Limited (Narco) and Necai of Egypt.
On agriculture, Prof Kabudi told Parliament that Israel had offered to train 100 Tanzanians on modern farming starting from the 2019/20 academic year.
Similarly, Brazilian experts are in Magu, Misungwi and Kwimba districts undertaking a major cotton project.
The government has also identified investors from France, the US and Luxemburg, who will invest in cassava processing in Lindi Region through a company known as Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation.
Prof Kabudi also mentioned the 6.2- kilometre Selander Bridge being built in Dar es Salaam with South Korean assistance.
He said Tanzania's intention is to foster bilateral relations and cooperation with other countries, but added that the country will not hesitate to put the record straight whenever its image is tarnished.
"I urge the international community and non-governmental organisations to seek clarification from the government whenever they feel there is a problem," he said.
Parliament's Foreign Relations and East African Cooperation Committee said it was time Tanzania came up with a policy on Tanzanians living outside the country.
"The policy will help Tanzanians who live outside the country to play a bigger role in the development of their country," committee chairman Cosato Chumi said.
The Opposition demanded that the government make public what prompted former European Union ambassador to Tanzania Roeland van de Geer to leave the country last year.
Presenting the Opposition's views on the ministerial budget on behalf of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation shadow minister, Ms Salome Makamba said no country can develop without cooperating with other countries.
She said it was unfortunate that the Fifth Phase government had adopted a combative stance towards development partners who provide budget support.
"The opposition camp would like to know why the government is interfering in the work of representatives of foreign countries and whether that is not contrary to the Vienna Convention," Ms Makamba said.
The Herald – Zimbabwe
By: Derick Tsimba
Zimbabwe has an opportunity to plan for the future in order to attain Vision 2030 as envisaged by President Mnangagwa. By taking notes from Government’s blueprint, the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), the economy should benefit from retooling of the local industry and utilisation of local raw materials to turn them into goods.
Retooling of local industry has potential to ensure they generate goods for export across the continent since the country remains the gateway to Southern Africa.
Regardless of challenges the economy faces, Zimbabwe has its position as a gateway and a regional transit country which needs one-stop-border-posts on all borders to increase efficiency. The country should also operate a goods and dry fuel port to service the whole of Southern African.
Industry should support Government and give guidelines on the policy formulation that result in the enrichment of the industry at large. The country is largely indebted to make use of its resources that have been bestowed to it by the Almighty and attain the Vision 2030 of a prosperous and empowered upper middle-income society.
To attain Vision 2030, Government has started implementing economic reforms some of which are painful, yet unavoidable. The economy continues to be affected by market distortions which in turn are affecting the people’s standards of living as some unscrupulous business practices are concerned with making super profits at the expense of genuine hard work.
Over the past years, Zimbabwe’s manufacturing sector has been malfunctioning because of the following challenges; obsolete equipment, corruption, failure of securing lines of credit and shortage of foreign currency among other challenges.
Having recognised these challenges, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for the period of 2019 to 2023 has managed to put in place measures to launch a Zimbabwe National Development Policy guided by Vision 2030 in the long-term and TSP in the short-term.
To bridge the gap within the non-performance of industry, Government needs to be strict with industry to abide on the road required to revamp the nation. In the process, Government in partnership with the private sector, should have an opportunity to put into place operational strategies that promote the retooling of Zimbabwe’s industry.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce commenced the process of promoting industrialisation of the nation through ensuring the efficient allocation of resources to redirect focus on exports.
Some of the targeted products with the potential to earn the country foreign earnings include; horticulture, cement, leather, pharmaceuticals, dairy, textiles, clothing, fertiliser and chemicals.
These are expected to reach capacity utilisation of 100 percent by 2030 according to Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Prof Mthuli Ncube.
Zimbabweans in all should unite and behave in a way that contributes to national building.
Today, the country has become deeply sunk and affected by inflation because the use of money remains highly-active on the parallel market. The parallel market continues to flourish because of Zimbabwean buyers and sellers who continue to participate in it for personal enrichment without considering their effects to the economy at large.
Currently, the Government guided by His Excellency, President Mnangagwa seeks to transform and rebuild the economy of the country by fighting the scourge of corruption, focussing on building the backbone of the economy through agriculture initiatives and infrastructure development.
Government continues to spearhead productivity through capacity utilisation. Key success areas are in the manufacturing sector, road network construction and maintenance, investments in the mining, agriculture and tourism sectors. Provisions to retool these economic sectors are already in place with potential to turn around the economy.