The Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete has called for elimination of technological divide between the developed and developing nations to create equal economic opportunities globally.
Addressing delegates at a Think Tank session, on Sunday evening, on “Smart partnership way-Smart, inclusivity strategies for accelerating leveraging technology – how to make national systems work, exploring and learning from one another’s smart partnership ideas for smart delivery,” he said technology should be used to distribute economic development evenly to the masses.
Technology, including Information and Communication Technology helps making a “forward leap frog” in a nation’s development roadmap, he said pointing at public service delivery as one area it can be used.
Leaders of several Asian and African countries gathered in Dar es Salaam to participate in this year’s Smart Partnership Dialogue held from the 28th June-to yesterday under the theme “Leveraging Technology for Africa’s Socio Economic Development.”
The Smart Partnership Dialogues began in the early 1990s as a platform for scientists to meet and discuss scientific and technological issues that were relevant all over the world. The first dialogue was held in Malaysia in 1995, under the leadership of the then Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who attended the meeting on Friday.
During the dialogues, discussions are held at round tables, between Heads of State and Government, key industry leaders, multi millionaires and small entrepreneurs, scientists, Nobel prize winners and upcoming students. Meanwhile, a team of Tanzanian experts is expected to visit Sri Lanka to study the island’s economic achievements following the end of the 30-year long civil war.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe said experts from the Tanzania Investments Centre (TIC), Tanzania Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCIA) and the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources will learn more from Sri Lankan role models.
Experts from these sectors in the two countries will exchange their expertise through the visits to be arranged later.
source:Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)