Dons fault PM on Malaysia model

Mr Pinda
Adopting Malaysia’s development model is not the panacea for higher development to the level of middle income because the prerequisites do not exist in Tanzania, according to experts.

This is the view given by experts in separate interviews with this paper yesterday. They said adoption of such a development model without the people’s full participation and concrete action is inappropriate.

They were reacting to the statement of Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda on Wednesday that the Malaysian development model was set to be implemented in the 2013/14 financial year.

One of them, Prof Marjorie Mbilinyi, a former senior lecturer of development studies at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), said a development model based on the thinking and action of 300 people is irrelevant since it lacks ownership.

“This kind of thinking that development will trickle down to the people without their full involvement is irrelevant. You cannot attain genuine development without creating a strong domestic market,” she said, explaining:
“A genuine development process is one which empowers people to participate in policy making actively. The thinking that we should leave few people to decide for the majority is wrong,” she declared.

The budgeting process for 2013/14 financial had embraced such thinking that led to ineffective participation of key stakeholders, she said.According to her, the new thinking in government circles is to favour the well-to-do at the expense of the majority of Tanzanians who wallow in poverty.

“Even the thinking within the International Monetary Fund is changing, focusing on participatory development process. But the government’s thinking is turning against it,” she said.She added that development of material things rather than improvement of the welfare of the majority of people was meaningless.

For his part, Prof Humphrey Moshi, a senior lecturer at the UDSM economics department, said the development model alone was not a panacea as it requires concrete action, commitment and requisite conditions.

Said he: “It is important to note that the conditions for development which have existed in Malaysia are different from Tanzania’s. Tanzanians must be well prepared.

“Are we prepared for that? Do we have the capacity to put in practice such a model? Do we have enough incentives for that process?”

According to him, the country has no capacity and infrastructure to implement such development model.

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.

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.
Source: The Citizen, www.thecitizen.co.tz, reported by Ludger Kasumuni in Dar es Salaam
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