UNDP facilitates high-level Development Partners Mission to Arusha Region
Visit to TanzaniteOne mine in Mererani
The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (GoT) and its Development Partners (DPs) have come a long way towards building successful partnerships and enhancing aid effectiveness. One activity where UNDP has partnered with Government to enhance dialogue between GoT and DPs over the past 5 years has been an annual joint Development Partners Group (DPG) fieldtrip in Tanzania.
The DPG fieldtrips serve as an important opportunity for DPs, Local Government Authorities, regional officials, NGOs, Private Sector and other stakeholders to engage in discussions at the local level. The purpose of the DPG field visits is to generate a better understanding of the development opportunities and challenges to inform joint thinking and discussions among DPs with Government officials on innovative approaches to address national development priorities and challenges.
UNDP Country Office and the office of the Arusha Regional Administrative Secretary jointly arranged the annual DPG Main fieldtrip to Arusha Region from the 17th to the 19th of February 2014, which included Development Partner Heads of Cooperation and Agencies from AfDB, Canada, Denmark, European Union Delegation, FAO, Finland, Germany, ILO, IOM, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, Agriculture DP Lead/JICA together with the Commissioner for External Finance, Ministry of Finance (MoF) and staff of the MoF Aid Coordination Unit.
During the visit, DP and Government representatives had the chance to discuss and learn about regional integration, trade, the role of the East African Community, natural resource management, the business environment, and impacts of industries for local and national development as well as the delivery of social services.
A key visit was to the East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat where DP and MoF representatives met the Secretary General of the EAC, Dr. Richard Sezibera, and Deputy Secretary General, Jesca Eriyo, to exchange views on progress made and the launch of the common market scorecard to monitor implementation of the Common Market Protocol among the five member states. Visits to look further into issues such regional integration, movement of goods and people, border management, harmonization of standards, procedures and regulations as well as national economic development in the region, included the Holili One Stop Border Post as well as several visits to processing and exporting industries. A highlight included the visit to TanzaniteOne mine in Mererani looking at the integration of mining operations into the local economy (taxation, employment, security, environment), and on alignment of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes to district and regional priorities.
Beyond looking at Tanzania’s economic and social development through trade and export, participants visited the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area looking at efforts taken with local community involvement to deal with transboundary wildlife conservation and ecosystem management, including anti-poaching mechanisms. In addition, participants visited sites around social service delivery and learned about mechanisms and systems around health, education and agriculture.