Empowerment policy registers marginal success

The government efforts to empower citizens has registered little success after reaching less than 10 per cent of the targeted key pillars in almost a decade ago.

The status of implementation of economic strategies targeting ten pillars shows that out of 89 strategies only five were implemented fully representing 5.6 per cent success.

The data shows that each year the government managed to empower roughly 0.6 per cent, which is a clear indication that the current 7.0 per cent growth managed to eradicate 2.0 per cent poverty.

Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) said in the discussion paper presented on the seventh meeting that their assessment indicates less than 10 per cent was implemented to-date.

“Assuming that the strategies were incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate, (and) then this would have been reviewed and reported,” TNBC said in a report quoting data from Prime Minister’s Office.

The report adds: “if they were too many to be implemented (mouthful), prioritization could have been done and implementation carried step by step.”

The National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) earmarked ten pillars of which mostly 56 out of 89 were not implemented at all in the last ten years.

While partially implemented were 28 strategies. The highest percentage of implementation was 22.2 per cent of accelerating economic growth and creating enabling investment environment, followed by 14.3 per cent of institution arrangement.

The third on line was economic infrastructure that scored 8.3 per cent, fourth is investment capital which banked home 5.9 per cent.

The rest pillars were legal and regulatory framework and public service delivery, raising skills and knowledge levels, privatisation, markets, cooperatives and land scored less than zero per cent.
Source: Daily News, reported by Abduel Elinaza from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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