Posted on :Friday , 27th November 2020
In the year 2000, the Tanzania government of the day officially launched the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 with the overreaching development goal of accomplishing a semi-industrialised, middle-income competitive economy by 2025.
What with one thing leading to another, successor governments came up with the 2011/12â€”2015/26 Long-Term Perspective Plan which embodied 5 Year Development Plans (FYDPs).
The 1st such quinquennial Development Plan (FYDP I: 2011/12-2015/16) concentrated on â€œunleashing Tanzaniaâ€™s economic growth potential.â€ The 2nd one (FYDP II: 2016/17-2020/21) was about â€œnurturing an industrial economyâ€. And the 3rd current Development Plan (FYDP III: 2020/21-2025/26) focuses on a â€œcompetitiveness-led export growthâ€.
The 25 year Long-Term Perspective Plan is some kind of a road map for ensuring that the country moves in the direction of realising Tanzania Development Vision 2025 in the decade-and-a-half of implementation that remained.
One of the Development Vision goals was to enable the Industrial sector to grow from the current 7.0 % to 8.2 % per year. Thereby increasing the manufacturing sectorâ€™s annual contribution to the national Economy from 9.3 % to 18 % by the year 2025.
Needless to belabour the point here, the reality on the ground is that, around a decade after the Long-Term Perspective Plan and associated Annual-cum-Quinquennial/Five-Year Development Plans started to be effectuated, the government is still not quite happy with the developmental performance as regards the ambitious but very noble Tanzania Development Vision 2025 goals.