The Executive Director of the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) of Tanzania, Ms. Beng’i Issa has welcomed CSOs to partner with the council in order to foster the growth and development of the economy in the country.

Ms. Issa made this statement during a session on ‘Assessing the contribution of non-state actors in the public financial management system in Tanzania at the ongoing CSO Week 2019 yesterday.

“A partnership between the government and CSOs can fast track solutions to citizens, business communities and the economic value chain as a whole,” said Issa.

Apart from creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. The objectives of NEEC is also to see that they create more opportunities for the private sector, and to ensure that empowerment activities actually grow the economy.

“Of course, we cannot do this all alone. NEEC and AZAKI can therefore work together in providing a mechanism where this economic empowerment policy can actually be implemented,” she said.

“As a council, it is our responsibility to build the capacity of domestic businesses, to increase business cooperation and to improve business networks of Tanzania and investors,” Issa said.

However, Ms. Issa noted that it is the responsibility of NEEC not only to empower but to also ensure the development of people goes hand in hand with the development of the economy.

Ms. Issa also noted that there are challenges in domestic production when it comes to the participation of strategic investment projects.

“We therefore need to improve the entrepreneurship skills of Tanzanians so as to be able to compete regionally and globally,” she said, underscoring the fact that the significance of strategic investment projects are weighed from the number of employment, technology and domestic business opportunities it provides in the country.

The National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) is a Government Agency established by an Act No. 16 of 2004 as a way forward to speed up the process of empowering the Tanzanians economically. The Council is charged with the responsibilities of facilitating designing, planning, supervising, monitoring and evaluation and coordinating all economic empowerment activities. It is also charged with mobilizing resources and managing special funds for economic empowerment activities. Economic Empowerment is one of the vehicles to achieve the MKUKUTA, the MDG and ultimately the Vision 2025.