YEAR-ENDER : 2023 marks the beginning of new development vision

BENJAMIN Franklin once said, “By failing to plan, you are preparing to fail.”

This sentiment is echoed by Winston Churchill, who stated, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”

These quotes highlight the importance of planning in achieving one’s objectives.

At the national level, the government formulates short and long-term plans to achieve development.

The national development vision is a long-term plan, typically spanning 20 years or more, that outlines the country’s aspirations and guides efforts towards achieving development goals.

In 2023, the country embarks on a new journey to create the National Development Vision 2050, as it nears the conclusion of the 2025 National Development Vision.

On December 9, 2023, President Samia Suluhu Hassan launched the process of gathering public views to create an initial draft for the National Development Vision 2050.

She issued eight key directives, including the emphasis on national integrity.

The 2050 Development Vision focuses on building an inclusive economy that targets job creation, poverty reduction, and increased exports to create prosperity for all.

The document writing process was launched in Dodoma, the capital of the country, and was attended by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Deputy Dr Dotto Biteko, notable personalities from various sectors, and attendees from around the world.

During the official launch, President Samia emphasised the need for alignment with the agriculture sector, which employs a large portion of Tanzanians.

She also directed the consideration of recommendations provided by a team led by retired Chief Justice, Judge Chande Othman, to strengthen good governance and the rule of law.

Furthermore, President Samia highlighted the importance of comprehensive data collection from informal sectors to remove obstacles to economic growth.

She also stressed the need for routine monitoring and evaluation to identify areas of success and areas that require special attention.

The President also emphasised that the new document should outline how public institutions can contribute to the country’s economy by improving their production capacities and fostering regional and international business competition.

The Development Vision 2025-2050 should cover key areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, education, health and technology.

President Samia underscored the significance of the 2050 Development Vision, calling for a unified effort from all Tanzanians to achieve the outlined goals. She emphasised the importance of prioritising sectors and allocating appropriate resources for sustainable development.

In conjunction with the celebration of 62 years of independence, the Head of State acknowledged the challenges faced by the nation in recent years, which have hindered economic growth.

She emphasised the need for immediate measures for economic recovery and highlighted the proverb, “If you don’t plan for yourself, get ready for others to plan for you.”

Dr Samia argued that with a clear vision and dedicated implementation, Tanzania can overcome obstacles and emerge stronger and more prosperous.

To facilitate the creation of a comprehensive document, the government has established a 22-member team of experts led by Professor Lucian Ambrose.

This team will coordinate the process with a secretariat from the Planning Commission under the supervision of the national committee led by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and Zanzibar’s Second Vice-President.

The Development Vision 2025-2050 has generated enthusiasm and hope among citizens, who believe it will provide a framework for sustained growth and socio-economic transformation.

The launch event in Dodoma was attended by government officials, diplomats, business leaders, representatives from civil society organisations, international partners, and development agencies, demonstrating their commitment to supporting Tanzania’s development journey.

Experts and analysts have praised the government’s initiative in crafting a long-term vision, emphasising the importance of continuity in national development plans.

They believe the Development Vision 2025-2050 will promote stability, attract investment, and ensure equitable growth for the benefit of all Tanzanians.

Academicians from across the country are optimistic about the incoming 2050 National Development Vision and call for the integration of research and development organisations with industries to boost value addition and small businesses for nationwide economic inclusivity.

Economist and Investment Banker, Dr Hildebrand Shayo, emphasised the need to enhance agricultural produce through value addition, resulting in higher-quality products and increased market demand.

He also highlighted the potential for increased per capita income growth through the country’s wealth from mining and agriculture, provided macroeconomic policies are strengthened.

Dr Shayo believes that achieving the 2050 vision requires balancing environmental preservation, social inclusion and economic growth for the well-being of individuals and society at large.

Business and Entrepreneurship Expert, Dr Sylvester Jotta, highlighted the need for strong, coordinated and harmonised institutions to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

He also called for a review of all entities involved in SME development to determine their value.

The NDV 2025 aimed to establish a strong, diversified, resilient and competitive economy that can adapt to changing market and technological conditions.

The new Tanzanian vision 2050 should focus on reinforcing this policy and establishing mechanisms for proper monitoring and evaluation.

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