Dar es Salaam. The CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) has congratulated and pledged to cooperate with the newly appointed cabinet ministers.
The CEOrt has particularly commended the new Energy and Minerals Minister, George Simbachawene, for affirming his strong support of the local private sector and his commitment in ensuring the private sector is empowered to participate in the country’s oil and gas industry and all key economic sectors.
“The CEO Roundtable looks forward to continuing working closely with the Energy and Minerals Ministry on the implementation of a Local Content Policy, one which is geared towards capacity building, technology transfer, meaningful employment and creating opportunities for the local private sector so as to ensure Tanzanians are ultimately well equipped to manage the country’s natural resource wealth with long-term sustainability in mind,” a media release by the CEOrt reads.
Similarly, CEOrt has also congratulated newly appointed Agriculture, Food Security, and Cooperatives Minister Steven Wassira.
The CEOrt said development of the agricultural sector is imperative towards ensuring food security, reducing poverty and improving the standard of living in Tanzania.
“However, counter-productive practices such as the illegal and unethical importation of sugar have caused severe damage and effectively threatened the survival of the local sugar industry,” the statement reads and reassures stakeholders that;“To curb these unethical importation activities, new mechanisms aimed at promoting and supporting the Tanzanian sugar industry have been devised,”.
The CEOrt, whose motto is “Ethical leadership for growth and prosperity”, welcomes the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the government in implementing the new system to bridge the gap in sugar importation to curb illegal imports and safeguard the interests of many Tanzanians whose livelihoods depend on the local sugar industry.
The statements says, through the implementation of the proposed mechanisms, the CEO Roundtable looks forward to witnessing Tanzania’s vision of becoming a net sugar exporter in the foreseeable future.
“With Minister Wassira’s experience and excellent performance track record, the CEOrt remains confident that these goals will be achieved,’ it reads.
It affirms and concludes, “Recognising that the country’s long-term economic sustainability is dependent on the participation, development and growth of the local private sector, the CEOrt wishes to take this opportunity to reiterate the private sector’s commitment to working closely with government, supporting the government’s social and economic development plans and building strong public-private partnerships for Tanzania’s sustained economic growth.”
CEOs body lauds energy, agriculture ministers (Daily News, 28th January 2015)
BY THE GUARDIAN REPORTER