SMARTPARTNERSHIP INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE DAR ES SALAAM TANZANIA 28th JUNE-1st JULY 2013
Tanzania will host the next Smart Partnership Dialogue that is re-scheduled to take place from the 28th June- 1st July, 2013 instead of 24th-28th May 2013 in Dar es Salaam. H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania agreed to host the dialogue during the last dialogue, which took place in Putrajaya, Malaysia in June, 2011.
H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania launched the National Preparations for the Dialogue on the 29th May, 2012.
Background to the Smart Partnership Dialogue
The Smart Partnership Dialogues can trace their roots back to the early 1990s when the first Dialogue was held in Malaysia in 1995 under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The Dialogues began as a platform for scientists to meet and discuss Scientific and Technological issues that were relevant all over the world. The changing geo political space, the shrinking of the globe and increasing interconnectedness and interdependence made the idea of a sustainable open forum to discuss global topical issues a necessity. Thus the Smart Partnership Dialogues persevered.
In present times, the Dialogues have earned the right to be referred to as a vehicle for change. They provide a useful framework that is all inclusive transcending the limitations of borders, rank or file through which topical socio economic and political issues can be discussed, freely. Seeking to place people and their concerns first, the dialogues offer opportunity and access to equitable space for discourse between peoples at different stages of development and with differing access to knowledge and capital.
Promoting a positive ethos of 'prosper thy neighbour' for a 'win-win' situation, the Smart Partnership Movement believes that the foundation for lasting partnerships should be anchored on a shared vision that transcends differences in cultures, beliefs, languages and value systems.
In attaining such partnerships, the Movement aspires to nurture and develop comprehensive, meaningful links and networks that cut across all aspects of society and human existence. Ethics of transparency, integrity, trust and reliability between perceived partners are promoted in the interest of further building up nascent partnerships.
Intrinsically, the Dialogues aspire to provide a basis for equity and fair play. Tearing down the distinction that rank imposes. It is therefore not surprising to note that during the Dialogues, discussions are held at round tables, between Heads of States and Governments and normal people, key industry leaders, multi millionaires and small entrepreneurs, scientists, nobel prize winners and upcoming students. Diverse and contending views are aired, and common values and positions slowly take shape out of this interaction.
The Smart Partnership Dialogues from 1995 to date:
The Smart Partnership Dialogues have since their inception evolved from small meetings between scientists into a global movement. They have been transformed from mainly being focused on Technology to embrace a diversity of thematic areas as follows, in ascending order:
• 2011 - Putrajaya, Malaysia (20th Dialogue ) 19th – 21st June 2011“Enhancing Smart Partnership for Socio-Economic Transformation”
• 2009 - Munyonyo, Uganda(19th Dialogue ) 26th - 28th July 2009 “Towards a Smarter Globe – The Smart Partnership Way for realising socio-economic transformation through regional integration”
• 2008 - Lusaka, Zambia (18th ) 28th – 31st August 2008 “Smart Partnership in Economic Development and Diversity” – New perspectives on transforming communities through National Visions
• 2007 (LID) - Langkawi, Malaysia (17th ) 6th – 8th August 2007 “Poverty Eradication Through Human Capital Development & Capacity Building – The Smart Partnership Way”
• 2005 - Maseru, Lesotho (16th ) 9th – 12th November 2005 “Towards a Smarter Globe – Resourcing for Growth through Smart Partnership”
• 2004 - Langkawi, Malaysia (15th ) 29th – 31st July 2004 “Reconciling development challenges with global security through dialogue”
• 2003 - Ezulwini, Swaziland (14th ) 13th – 16th August 2003 “Towards a Smarter Globe - Enhancing Identity and Progress for Development through Smart Partnership”
• 2002 - Langkawi, Malaysia (13th ) 1st – 4th August 2002 “Towards a Smarter Globe - Enhancing Security and Prosperity for Development through Smart Partnership”
• 2001- Munyonyo, Uganda (12th ) 18th – 21st August 2001 “Enhancing the Climate for Foreign Direct Investment through Smart Partnership”
• 2001 – Grenada, 9th – 12th June 2001 “Grenada ICT Strategy – National Smart Partnership Dialogue”
• 2000 Part II - Langkawi, Malaysia (11th ) 19th – 21st November 2000 “Global Trends in Emerging Economies”
• 2000 Part I - Maputo, Mozambique (10th ) 20th – 23rd August 2000 “Global Trends in Emerging Economies”
• 1999 - Vic Falls, Zimbabwe (9th) 3rd – 6th October 1999 “Smart Partnership for the Generation of Wealth in Southern Africa”
• 1999 - Langkawi, Malaysia (8th) 25th – 28th July 1999 “Managing Economic Recovery For Shared Prosperity – The Smart Partnership Approach”
• 1999 – Barbados (7th) 24th – 26th January 1999 “Smart Partnership in Small States for the Generation of Wealth in the Caribbean”
• 1998 - Swakopmund, Namibia (6th) 26th – 29th July 1998 “Smart Partnership for the Generation of Wealth in Southern Africa”
• 1997 - Langkawi, Malaysia (5th) 26 - 31 July 1997, Langkawi, Malaysia “Smart Partnership for Global Co-operative Prosperity”
• 1997 - Kasane, Botswana (4th) 4th – 7th May 1997 “Smart Partnership for the Generation of Wealth in Southern Africa”
• 1996 - Langkawi, Malaysia (3rd) 29th – 31st July 1996 “Smart Partnership for Global Co-operative Prosperity”
• 1996 - Bridgetown, Barbados (2nd) 26th & 27th June 1996 “Smart Partnership for Global Co-operative Prosperity”
• 1995 - Langkawi, Malaysia (1st ) 26th – 28th July 1995, Inaugural International Dialogue on “Smart Partnership”
The theme of the Smart Partnership International Dialogue to be held in Tanzania in July 2013 is “Leveraging Technology for Africa’s Socio-economic Transformation: The Smart Partnership Way” . The theme is effectively re-inventing the technological roots of the dialogue. The Global 2013 Dialogue will focus the attention to technology inclusiveness, policy frameworks, as well as approaches for using innovation to foster sustainable development in Africa and elsewhere. Technology is a global phenomenon, a global concern and a global topical issue. It is anticipated that a Dialogue on Technology for socio-economic transformation shall merit global attention and have a global participation.
Our Vision for the Smart Partnership Dialogue:
Tanzania is a Developing country, seeking to pull itself out of poverty and striving to bring development to its people. One of the greatest challenges to the country’s overall development path is the inadequate access to correct and appropriate Technology.
Tanzania is a country blessed with abundant natural and human resources. The missing link is the technological know how on how to access, exploit and market these resources correctly for development. As such, the Dialogue is about identifying various forces to stimulate change, spearhead the process and mastermind the change and the transformation of the Tanzanian society. Likewise participation of different groups such as political leaders, public servants, leaders of business industry, academia, youth, media representatives, civil society and women in bringing changes is paramount.
With the Successful conclusion of the Dialogue, Tanzania as a nation aspires to:
• Benchmark the best practices for Smart Partnership transformation and prosperous society.
• Inspire the development of a roadmap for technological development targeting sectoral enhancement in the country in hand with the National Vision 2025 and on the continent at large in line with the AU vision.
• Advocate for a more rapid development for less advanced countries.
• Establish sustainable technology links both domestic and foreign.
• Share experiences and jointly work out the solutions.
• Delinate the role of different groups/actors in anchoring technology for socio-economic transformation.
• Identify, develop and support youth technological innovation talents.
• Create an inclusive society and promote partnerships based on the principle of “prosper-thy- neighbour” or win-win situation.
THE NATIONAL PREPARATORY STRUCTURE FOR GLOBAL 2013:
The National Organizing Committee
The 2013 International Smart Partnership Dialogue in Tanzania shall be hosted under the auspices of the Goverment. H. E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania is the Patron and Host of the Dialogue.
The President has appointed Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, Chief Secretary, Presidents Office to be the Co-convener of the Dialogue. The Co-convener shall be supported by a National Organizing Committee (NOC) comprised of a Team of Permanent Secretaries of key line Ministries, Executive Secretaries of the Planning Commissions and Chief Executive of Strategic Institutions.
The NOC has the duty of providing guidance to the Secretariat, the preparatory Comittees and other key stakeholders towards the successful execution of the 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue.
A Secretariat that shall be in charge of the daily preparation and execution of decisions made for the meeting has been established. It operates under the supervision of the Chief Secretary and Co-convener of the 2013 International Smart Partnership Dialogue.
The Secretariat has the responsibility of liasing/providing a link between the CPTM Hub, key government actors, and resource persons for the Dialogue, the Private Sector both local and international and the general Tanzanian public. The Secretariat shall also work closely with other support structures that shall be deemed necessary in successfully carrying out the dialogue i.e. support committees.
Organizing the Dialogue needs to be a concerted effort. With that in mind, support committees have been established as follows:-
• SECURITY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE
• PROTOCOL AND ACCOMMODATION COMMITTEE
• FINANCE AND PLANNING COMMITTEE
• VENUE AND DOCUMENTATION COMMITTEE
• SOCIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE
• MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE
• TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE RESOURCE GROUP
The National Dialogue Resource Team is made up of Tanzania national experts from sectors such as Agribusiness, Education, Energy, Extrative Industries, Health, Manufacturing Industries,Science Technology, Reseach & Development, Transportation, Enviroment, Tradition/Art&Culture, Labour , Standards, Central Banks and Financial Institutions,Social issues and Youth.
At the National level, the Dialogue Resource Team is anticipated to give advice based on their experience, skills and knowledge to the Goverment regarding socio-economic transformation programmes and how best appropriat technology can be utilized to bring about sustainable development to the nation and other participating countries to emulate. With this in mind, the National Dialogue Resource Team will interact closely with the International Resource Team to share information, knowledge and expertise and make the necessary intervention on how to anchor technology for socio-economic transformation, draw a road map for the way forward and carry out the outcome of the Global 2013 to the next Smart Partnership International Dialogue as well as, future annual national Dialogues.