By Azania Post Reporter
SO as to avoid challenges for Tanzania’s gradual path to an industrial economy, the government has urged not copying and pest industrialisation policies and strategies from Britain, Asia or America but rather to implement its own.
Speaking at the public seminar organized by Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) on long term structural change in Tanzania Agriculture themed: Food Crops are cash crops and the policy implications, ESRF Board Member Prof Samuel Wangwe said every country has its own path when comes to industrialization, therefore Tanzania should not use other countries strategies but rather to form its own.
“We cannot path to where England, Japan, or other countries in Europe have path when comes to industrialization but rather we should have our own way. If we are not seriously we can’t achieve,” he said
Prof Wangwe also said that agricultural revolution must be given the first priority when need to graduate into industrial nation.
On her part, ESRF Executive Director Dr Tausi Kida said: “The objective of this seminar is to make critical reflection of agricultural sector performance in Tanzania from a long term perspective and implications of this historical outlook to agricultural policy in Tanzania.”
She said in her view, agriculture sector is very important on the economy of Tanzania for a two reasons.
“Firstly, we know that one of the best ways through which one can understand where we are and where we are going is by looking on the past. Second, it is only when you know the past where you will be able to discern current policy choices as well as design suitable courses of action for the future while avoiding past mistakes”
Dr. Kida said demographic landscape has changed significantly since early years of independence until now whereby the majority of adult Tanzanians today were born many years after independence.
“Put it differently, the majority of Tanzanians of today have little understanding of development processes of our country from a historical context”, she noted.
It is from the perspective she said that the public seminar is particularly important for all of us – both the old and the new generation to have a platform for learning and reflecting on the past and its implications for the future.
The ED said ESRF highly value collaboration and partnership with its stakeholders in advancing its mandate of supporting development process of the country through research, policy analysis and capacity development.
She thanked resource persons and Prof. Brain Van Arkadie who was the key speaker in yesterday’s public seminar.
According to her, Prof Van Arkadie is a veteran scholar, a researcher and an economist who has provided advisory services to a number of governments and government agencies.