President John Pombe Magufuli met and held talks with former president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr Donald Kaberuka in Dar es Salaam yesterday, expressing confidence on development counsel that Tanzania will receive from various sectors in the country.
President Magufuli said Tanzania can benefit immensely from Dr Kaberuka’s advice on the country’s different development plans, including how the nation can reap more from the abundant natural resources, according to a statement released yesterday from the State House in Dar es Salaam.
“This is a unique opportunity for Tanzania, we believe that we can gain from your advice on our various development plans and how we can profit more from the abundant natural resources available in the country, including mineral deposits, natural gas, vast land, livestock, ports, lakes and national parks,” stressed President Magufuli.
The president expressed his appreciation for the contribution extended by Dr Kaberuka during his tenure as the AfDB president, where Tanzania received support on various development projects, especially construction of road infrastructure.
Dr Magufuli expressed his belief that Dr Kaberuka will continue providing good advice to Tanzania, and more so in the envisaged report from a panel that he, (Dr Kaberuka) is leading on relations between Tanzania and its development stakeholders.
On his part, Dr Kaberuka commended President Magufuli for being elected Tanzania’s 5th president, where his steps to increase domestic revenue, fight corruption and his plans to use available natural resources shows that the nation is in the right development direction.
The former President of the AfDB is the Chairperson of a panel formed by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Phillip Mpango, for the purpose of assessing the relationship between the government and development stakeholders.
He is a Rwandan economist and former Minister of Finance and Economic who studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Dr Kaberuka worked in banking and international trade for over a decade before he was appointed minister in Rwanda in October 1997, where he served in that position for eight years, and is credited with helping to stabilise the Rwandan economy from the effects of the 1994 genocide.
Meanwhile, President Magufuli yesterday swore in Mr Mrisho Mashaka Gambo as the new Arusha Regional Commissioner. Before the appointment, Mr Gambo was the Arusha District Commissioner.
He replaces Mr Felix Ntibenda whose appointment was nullified and has been transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to be assigned other duties.