Tanzania President welcomes NEPAD’s development agenda

President Jakaya Kikwete has welcomed the progress being made in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) agenda in the African continent.

According to a press statement issued here yesterday by the Nepad planning and coordinating agency, Kikwete made the remarks at a private meeting on the sidelines of the just-concluded World Economic Forum for Africa.

It said the President urged Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, chief executive officer of the Nepad agency, to widely engage stakeholders and to communicate the work that the agency was doing.

He noted that Nepad’s technical leadership and support implement various programmes, including those in infrastructure and agricultural development through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Noting Tanzania’s progress with regard to CAADP implementation in the country, President Kikwete rallied more support for the programme.

He also asked Nepad to facilitate expert input and technical reviews to ensure that Tanzania’s investment plan is finalized and set for implementation.

Kikwete also laid stress on the agricultural sector, saying that it was still a key sector for Africa in an effort to curb poverty and ensuring the attainment of food security targets. He used the opportunity to re-affirm his government’s commitment to providing the necessary leadership for pushing ahead the agricultural development agenda with a view to produce more food and cash crops.

Kikwete said the implementation of CAADP in the country would complement efforts being made by the government, farmers, civil society organisations, businessmen and other development partners.

In response, Dr Mayaki assured Kikwete of the Nepad Agency’s support for CAADP implementation in Tanzania. He also commended Kikwete for his leadership and support for various Nepad programmes.

Source – ippmedia.com – by LUSEKELO PHILEMON