By Azania Post Reporter
THE need for national urbanization roadmap in Tanzania is both timely and of a national significance, the acting Executive Secretary in Planning and Commission, Maduka Kessy has said.
Opening the Tanzania Urbanisation laboratory meeting in Dar es Salaam today, he said urbanization and climate change risk derailing some of the gains from country’s rapid economic growth.
The one day meeting was organized by Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) and Ministry of Finance and Planning attracted more than 100 participants.
Maduka said Tanzania is signatory to a range of global agreements such as sustainable development goals, Paris agreement and New Urban agenda.
“In order to realize these ambitious goals, Tanzania will have to plan for and manage unprecedented levels of urban population growth to ensure the productivity , efficiency and inclusivity of Tanzania’s cities and urban spaces”, he said.
He also said the government acknowledge that recent mega trends in population growth, urbanization and climate change risk derailing some of the gains from Tanzania’s rapid economic growth.
According to him the rapid urbanization in Tanzania has resulted in a profound re orientation of peoples social and economic lives bearing both major challenges and opportunities for actors engaged in all aspects of urban life.
On her part, the ESRF Executive Director , Dr Tausi Kida, said urbanization presents both challenges and opportunities for reducing poverty , ensuring balanced economic development and access to social services for those living in urban settings.
ESRF Executive Director, Dr Tausi Kida
She said well managed urban centers provide a decent living environment , meet the service needs of diverse populations and attract private investment that maintains economic development and poverty reduction.
She added that badly managed urban centers experience high levels of social instability and environmental pollution and do not have infrastructure capable of delivering social services and maintaining economic growth.
Dr Kida said ESRF has launched Tanzania urbanization laboratory which is a program aimed at building capacity of stakeholders to identify and address issues related to urbanization in the country.