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Tanzania, Zanzibar 25 August, 2017: A two-day workshop was organized by the APRM Continental Secretariat in collaboration with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) entitled “Harmonising the APRM Tanzania NPoA with the National Development Plans”. This workshop was held at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Zanzibar from 24 to 25 August 2017.
The workshop intended to provide technical skills and tools to national planning authorities of the Zanzibar in order to facilitate the integration of APRM-NPoA into existing National development plans, i.e. Zanzibar Development Vision 2020, and MKUZA III. This will allow the government of United Republic of Tanzania to present its first progress report to the APR Forum in January 2018.
The workshop was opened by a remark from Mr. Juma Hassan Reli, Executive Secretary, Zanzibar Planning Commission. Mr. Juma expressed the enthusiasm the government of Zanzibar has towards improving governance challenges in line with the recommendations of the Report. The speech by Hon. Haroun Ali Suleiman reiterate Zanzibar’s government commitment to implementing all the challenges identified in the APRM CRR report which was officially launched by the vice-president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan on July 19, 2017.
The Vice chair of APR Panel of Eminent Persons, Hon. Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, acclaimed the government of Republic of Tanzania for its stewardship in reviving the APRM process in the country. In her speech, Hon. Mabandla emphasised that the implementation of the NPoA remains the weakest link in the APRM process yet it is the most significant output of the review process. She suggested the integration of APRM Action Plan Program into national development plans such as, Zanzibar Development Vision 2020, MKUZA III and Medium Termination Plans to be accelerated.
The meeting delegation comprised of Hon. Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, Vice chair of APR Panel of Eminent Persons and Lead Panelist for Tanzania, Dr. Rachel Mukamunana, Head Country Review Coordination division and Coordinator to Tanzania and Ms. Ejigayhu Tefera, Researcher, Country Review Coordination division.
The workshop was attained by 58 officials from various Ministries, Department and agencies (MDA); development partners, Members of the APRM National Governing Council, and members of the media..