On 24th May, 2018, UONGOZI Institute organised a national roundtable dialogue on Enhancing Local Content and Local Participation for Effective Industrialisation in Tanzania.

The Dialogue, which ran from the 24th to 25th May, 2018, was organised in collaboration with the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) in the Prime Minister’s Office, with the aim of creating a common understanding among key stakeholders on the concept of local content and local participation, and how it can be used to promote Tanzania’s industrialization agenda.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Hon. Jenista Joakim Mhagama (MP) officiated the dialogue.

“This Dialogue has come right on time, as the Government of Tanzania is determined to pursue the industrialisation agenda with the aim of turning the country into a middle-income economy by the year 2025,” noted Prof. Joseph Semboja, CEO of UONGOZI Institute in his opening remarks.

Prof. Semboja added, “UONGOZI Institute believes that local participation is important for achieving development in any sector, which is why we have been supporting and organising Dialogues on local content and local participation, mostly in the extractive sector, for over five years.”

On her part, the Executive Secretary of NEEC, Mrs. Beng’i Issa underscored the important role the dialogue would play in the implementation of the Government’s local content strategy.

“The Government of Tanzania, through NEEC has developed a National Multi-Sector Local Content Strategy, which has a vision of ensuring that the majority of Tanzanians participate, own and benefit from investments”, she expressed, “we intend to use input and recommendations from this Dialogue to inform the strategy.”

In her speech, Minister Mhagama highlighted the fifth phase Government’s priority on local participation.

She said, “The Government’s goal is to ensure that economic growth of the country is accelerated through industrial development. To realise that, among other things, the Government promotes citizens’ participation in development decisions and activities,” she said, citing experiences from fast-growing economies that have shown that participatory approaches yield economic development.

The national dialogue brought together 120 high-level government officials, private sector and civil society representatives from across Tanzania.

Subsequent to the Dialogue, a two-day leadership development workshop for forty-five Local Content Coordinators charged with monitoring high value projects in Tanzania, as identified by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, was held.

The objective of the workshop was to ensure that in-country value of goods and services is well recorded and that there are maximum benefits to Tanzania.