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Tanzania Signs CAADP Compact

July 30, 2010

The United Republic of Tanzania became the 19th African country and the first in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to sign the African Union and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) - Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Compact. This took place after the CAADP Roundtable involving Tanzania and Zanzibar which was held on July 6 and 8, in Dar es Salaam.

 In his opening remarks, Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete declared that the country is committed to ensure that the ongoing agriculture initiatives such as Kilimo Kwanza (‘Agriculture First') can lead to a meaningful transformation of agriculture. 

"We in Tanzania are seriously committed to transforming our agriculture and overcoming existing challenges, which have kept our agriculture backward and less productive for far too long," he said. The President described the signing of the CAADP Compact as a unique opportunity to complement his Government's efforts and enhance the contribution of the private sector to the development of agriculture.

The CAADP roundtable which was organized by the Government of Tanzania is a sector wide meeting to reach consensus among key stakeholders towards the successful implementation of the Agricultural Sector Development Programme for Tanzania and the Agriculture Strategic Plan for Zanzibar. It was intended to forge necessary partnerships and secure commitments and resources from partners to make  necessary investments in the program activities.

For more information, contact Mr. Komla Bissi at komlab@nepad.org