Statement by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tanzania, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez At the 3rd National Conference on Unleashing Growth Potentials in Tanzania: Economic Transformation for Human Development

Sep 11, 2014


Mr. Philemon Luhanjo, Chairperson of Board of Trustees, ESRF,

Prof. Bertil Tungodden, Economics Professor at Norwegian School of Economics,

Prof. Gelase Mutahaba, Professor of Public Administration, University of Dar es Salaam,

Prof. Adolf Mkenda, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance;

Dr. Hoseana Lunogelo, Executive Director, ESRF,

Heads of Diplomatic Missions

Government Representatives

Civil Society present,

Members of the Media

UN colleagues;

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning!

It is an honour to give a statement representing the UN at this important Conference on Unleashing Growth Potentials in Tanzania:  Economic Transformation for Human Development. This isa critical topic relevant to the role of the UN in Tanzania – which at its core is to support Tanzania to pursue human development – development that  is about improving people’s lives. Let me first congratulate the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) for organizing this important conference as part of the process for the production of the Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 which is funded by our sister UN agency UNDP. I would also like to congratulate UNDP for working with ESRSF to build capacity in the country on the production of Tanzania Human Development Reports.

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,

The chosen theme of this conference provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the future course of development of Tanzania. In addition, the conference also provides us with an opportunity to discuss Tanzania’s development from a human development perspective - development that  is about improving people’s lives. We in the UN are very passionate of addressing development from a human development angle.  We believe that human beings should always be the end and not means of development. We are very happy to see that to a large extent, the deliberations in this meeting are informed by outputs of Tanzania Human Development Report (THDR) project.  

Many of you are aware of the role of the UN – such as helping countries shape their future and pursue human development – development that is about improving people’s lives.  Pursuing human development is indeed a paradigm shift in the development discourse. It is built on a simple tenet that development is about people’s choices based on the following:

i.        Equitable and inclusive growth;

ii.      Resilience to safeguard hard won development gains against vulnerability;

iii.    Ensuring sustainability for people and the planet; and

iv.     Helping all men and women participate fully in all aspects of the development  process – whether economic, social or political – and to share equitably in the gains of development.

In order to raise awareness on human development approach around the world, our UNDP has been producing Global Human Development Reports; the first of these was produced in 1990. The reports focus on global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and policy proposals. In addition to the annual production of Global Human Development Reports, UNDP has also supported countries to analyse and address country specific development challenges through National Human Development Reports.  To date, more than 650 such publications have been prepared under the framework this support.  The Tanzania Human Development Report Project (THDR) whose outputs form the core materials for discussion in this conference fall under this framework of support.

It is my firm belief that the Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 and the 9 background papers which will be presented here today will highlight the challenges and policy options for Tanzania. The Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 is entitled Economic Transformation for Human Development. I have also been informed that the report itself such as Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 will be launched later this year. All of us in the UN family are eagerly waiting for the launch of Tanzania Human Development Report 2014. We believe the Report will highlight the challenges and policy options for Tanzania going forward.

With these few remarks, let me conclude by wishing you very fruitful deliberations.

Kila la Kheri na Asanteni Sana.

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