DODOMA:TANZANIA has recorded tremendous achievement in the execution of the National Development Vision (NDV) 2025 as its realisation reached 66 percent by last year.
Minister of State in the President’s Office (Planning and Investment), Professor Kitila Mkumbo (pictured) yesterday said while presenting an assessment on the progress of Development Vision 2025 at the inaugural ceremony of the process for gathering views for drafting an incoming NDV 2050 held in Dodoma.
“As of 2022 the National Development Vision 2050’s targets were achieved by 66 per cent, we believe that in the remaining two years we can achieve 90 percent or even 100 per cent under the leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
So far our social services index seems to be bigger than our economic index,” Prof Kitila said.
Highlighting achievements, he said on food self sufficiency, the country has achieved 124 per cent on the verge of recording 130 per cent which is the set target, saying the progress is on track.
He said the country has reduced the portion of stunted children to 30 per cent as of last year from 48 per cent in 2000 when the NDV 2025 kicked off its implementation in 20oo , hinting that the target was to achieve 20 per cent.
On education development, Prof Kitila said the country has recorded significant development in the sector by looking at the percentage of Std seven pupils who pass exam to join ordinary education.
He said the number of Std seven pupils who join Form One has reached 70 per cent from only 20 per cent in 2000, noting that the government’s plans is to attain 90 per cent by 2025.
The minister commended President Samia’s move to introduce fee free education to enable many children acquire secondary and advanced education.
He said basic education is critical on beating both individual and national development goals.
On health sector, he said the country has reduced maternal deaths to 104 in every 100,000 live births from 760 deaths in 100,000 in 2000.
He said more progress has been made also on reducing infant deaths to 43 from 95 who died in every 1000 infants, saying the target is to reduce to 36 by 2025.
Prof Kitila said the country has been undergoing stunning transformation in bringing clean water closer to households whereby in rural areas.
it reached 77 per cent last year from 32 per cent in 2000 when the current vision started to be implemented.
The target is to reach 85 per cent by 2025. Furthermore, he said notable countrywide electrification has been observed from only 10 per cent electricity availability both in rural and urban areas in 2000 to 78 per cent last year, stressing that the target is to reach 90 per cent come 2025.
On regional road networks which are under the Tanzania Road National Agency (TANROAD), he said until last year the country had network reaching 12,000 kms from only 4,176 kms of roads network at tar- mac and gravel level.
The target is to have 13,000kms of network by 2025.
Moreover, he said the NDV 2025 also has been caught with digital revolu
tion after the emergency of mobile phone and internet access.
Prof Kitila said in 2000 when the NDV 2025 kicked off there were only 30 per cent households countrywide with mobile phones in comparison to a great stride achieved last year whereby the number reached 86 per cent.
The target is reach 100 per cent in 2025.
On citizens’ internet access, Prof Kitila said the country recorded 34.5 million people in 2022 from zero in 2000 as there was no data, hinting that today about 17 million people use social media of whom 1.6 million use Tik Tok.
He said lifespan for citizens has increased to 66 years as of today from 52 years in 2000, a success of 68 per cent, which is the target by 2025.
The minister said as the result of the overall afore- mentioned achievements the United Nations Development Fund (UNDF) which measure individual development through the Human Development Index (HDI) rate Tanzania at 0.55 HDI from 0.4 in 2000 noting the government target is to achieve 0.65 HDI by 2025.
On achieving strong economy, he said the country aimed at achieving semi industrialized economy where by the country in 20 years has maintained about 6 per cent of economic growth.
He said the government has maintained single digit inflation in 20 years with exception of 2008 and 2009 when the inflation reached 10 and 12 per cent respectively, a situation that was caused global economic recession.
Prof Mkumbo said the contribution of the industrial sector to the national economy increased to 36 per cent last year from 24 per cent in 2000.
Prof Kitila said export increased to 5.9 billion US dollars last year from 975 million US dollars in 2000.
On top of that he pointed persistent export of raw goods and less contribution of agriculture sector to the national economy as main hurdles for mitigation of poverty especially in rural areas.
He said the incoming NDV 2050 will address the challenge through among others fostering agro value addition, increasing industrial productivity, strength- ening education system and Information Communication Technology (ICT) uses to create more jobs and realize prosperity for all