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Roundtable Review Q1 2021 Edition

As champions of gender inclusion, we feel privileged to live in these times and remain hopeful about the prospects this milestone will bring for generations to come. And as members of the private sector, we are in support of the directives issued by the President over the last few days. President Hassan has not only affirmed a zero tolerance approach to corruption, she has also urged government officials to promote and drive investment and trade, and expand the tax base. We remain committed to facilitating dialogue and cooperation with the government, extending continued support to our new President, Vice President and respective ministers in working towards further enhancing the country’s social-economic development.

Read more on the CEOrt’s take during this momentous occasion.


With the loss of beloved family, friends and colleagues, we have all been challenged significantly over the course of the last few months. 

Earlier this year, we lost our dear friend and colleague Mr. George Lwakatare. A jovial and kind man, George was a member of the CEO Roundtable for five years. During his time in the CEOrt, he built friendships, shared key valuable insights, and brought his fun spirit to various events. He will be truly missed.

The sombre mood over the last quarter was also brought on by the losses of former BOT Governor, the late Prof. Benno Ndulu, a man whose leadership excellence we all admired; former Chief Secretary, the late Ambassador John Kijazi, who was much loved within our organization; and our former president, the late Dr. John Magufuli, whom we eulogized in this tribute.

We take a moment to remember all the dearly departed and pray for their eternal rest.


During his first tenure as President, the late Dr. John Pombe Magufuli was quickly hailed for his strong stance against corruption. We all witnessed his efforts in this regard, and the CEOrt played an integral role in supporting this commitment to ethical practices through encouraging our members to sign the National Integrity Pledge with BRELA. Newly appointed President Samia Suluhu Hassan has also declared her firm stance against all corrupt practices, recently calling for a special audit of funds disbursed towards development projects this year.

The CEOrt is proud to continue to support the government’s anti-corruption agenda and we currently have 61% of our members who have signed the pledge. To honour your commitment, we have created avatars with your images that may be used as a profile picture or wherever else you see fit. If you have signed the National Integrity Pledge and are yet to receive an avatar, please email us on: 

 Have you signed the pledge?


We had no idea it would take this long to be able to give back to the community! 

Responding to your call for the Private Sector to get involved in supporting relief efforts regarding the global pandemic, the Smart Hands Tanzania  “Mikono Salama” project was formed in April 2020 with the aim of providing hygiene and sanitation relief to the most vulnerable communities in Tanzania. Through the distribution of hand sanitizer, soap and water purification tablets we are pleased to announce that activities commenced this week in Kinondoni District, with distribution taking place in Ilala and Temeke Districts in the coming days.   

Aligned to the National Sanitation Campaign and heavily endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Local Regional Secretariat we look forward to hosting the official project launch in the coming weeks of the month of April.   

Thank you to our project partners – Primefuels, Chemi Cotex, MAC Group, Absa Bank, Novo Nordisk, Dalberg, Unicef, and Amref – for their tremendous contributions to SHT’s success thus far.

Built on private sector capabilities and experience, the continued success of SHTz is highly dependent on your continued technical and in kind support as we aim to create a sustainable model for beneficiaries to access hygiene  products at price points that are increasingly affordable in the long term.

To learn more and find out how you can join hands with us and get involved visit the CEOrt  website here


Earlier this year, we celebrated the inaugural CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP) graduation. Addressing the audience at the ceremony, our Guest of Honor, Hon. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa called on the CEOrt in partnership with Strathmore Business School (SBS) to plan future CAP courses with emphasis on certain industries. These include mining, oil and gas, construction, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with the goal of building capacity in these key sectors of the economy. If you missed this event, you can catch the highlights here.

We are currently welcoming applications for the next cohort of the programme which is due for launch in June 2021. Do you have anyone on your team who is on the track for future leadership and would make a good candidate? Encourage them to apply via Choose to sponsor a future leader – let’s work together to create a pipeline of highly competent, experienced and visionary Tanzanian executive leaders that are ready to graduate to CEO positions within the region and beyond.



We circulated a Member Satisfaction Survey  to gather your valuable feedback on our membership engagements. Thank you to everyone that participated and shared their input, as this will help ensure future engagement content is meaningful and beneficial.

For the second quarter of the year, here’s what is in the works for our members’ meetings:

April: Engagement with Hon. Faustine Ndugulile , Minister of Communication and Information Technology: Harnessing Technology as a Catalyst for Transformative Development

May: Engagement with Prof. Lumumba: The Relationship between business & politics and its impact on corporate leadership and investment in Tanzania

June: Engagement with US Ambassador: The evolving global economic landscape and opportunities for investment

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