UNDP/AMSCO Collaborate to Strengthen Shared Partnerships
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP collaborated with the Africa Management Services Company (AMSCO) to host their partners and key stakeholders on Friday 15th Feb 2013 in a cocktail event at Hyatt Regency Hotel Dar-es-Salaam.
The event brought together different stakeholders from private sector representatives, AMSCO staff and management, UNDP staff, senior government officials from Ministry of Industries and trade, members of diplomatic corps, and business leaders.
The objective of the event was to strengthen the partnership between UNDP and AMSCO and their partners around their work in private sector development in Tanzania and Africa in general.
The event also provided a platform for AMSCO managers to network amongst themselves, to make presentations on how the programme has impacted them and also provided an opportunity to meet other stakeholders in the private and public Sectors in Tanzania.
The UNDP country Director, Mr. Philippe Poinsot in his key note speech appreciated the commitment of the government in the development of the private sector in Tanzania and insisted that UNDP will continue to support the government in achieving its national development strategy and will work with other stakeholders to improve private sector development in Tanzania.
However, during her speech, the representative from the Chief Secretary office, Ms Consolata Mgimba appreciated the UNDP support and contribution in spearheading private sector growth in the country. ‘’ Tanzania private sector is still at the infancy stage currently lacking sufficient capacity to contribute fully to the realization of national vision and plans’’.added Consolata.
She also commended that UNDP, ATMS (Africa Training and Management Services) project in Tanzania has recorded outstanding achievements which has been shown by the rapid growth in business, improved efficiency and performance and increase of market share in companies that have embraced it. She requested both organizations to focus on building the capacity of those entities working on areas mentioned as the national priorities in the Five year development plan 2011-2016) and National long Term Perspective plan.
During the event also some of ATMS project beneficiaries shared their success as a result of the support from the project
''Our clinic (Sanitas Clinic) started as a small local clinic operating locally. AMSCO came with their intervention aiming at establishing a clinic from scratch with all the modern equipment and facilities together with marketing it, recruitment, and training and retain right staff. After the intervention currently the facility is fully operational and able to provide services such as General Practice, Physiotherapy, Paediatric care, Gynaecology, Dialysis, Dental,Radiology, Laboratory, & Pharmacy. These medical facilities are in short supply and very high demand in Dar Es Salaam. The company is already providing employment to over 50 Tanzanian’s and this is expected to increase to about 90 by end of year two. So the project helped us to reach this far’’.Narrated Murthy Venkateswaran, Sanitas Clinic Manager & AMSCO Manager
UNDP has been working with AMSCO in implementation of Africa Training and Management Services (ATMS) which was initiated in 1989 by UNDP Regional bureau for Africa (RBA).
The ATMS project is a UNDP regional project which is sub-Saharan Africa's biggest and most ambitious human capital development effort in the private sector. The project is operating in over 25 countries, and aims to provide human capital solutions that lead to wealth creation via the private sector and commercially operated state enterprises. UNDP Tanzania provides professional advice to AMSCO and the National Steering Committee.
In Tanzania, the project has supported 30 local enterprises with the ultimate goal of making them sustainable and competitive through secondment of AMSCO managers normally for a period of three to five years and training selected cadre of local employees in beneficiary companies in managerial and technical skills. The trained staffs are usually expected to take over the functions of the AMSCO managers when they leave.