Announcing the Winners of the Leadership Essay Competition 2018

Winners 2018

After reviewing over 2,000 essays from young African citizens residing in and outside of Africa, UONGOZI Institute is pleased to announce the finalists of the Leadership Essay Competition 2018.

As in previous years, it was anticipated that five finalists would be selected. However, after rigorously evaluating each of the essays received in this year’s competition, only three essays scored sufficient points to be included as finalists.

The three winners are (in no particular order):

  1. Victor Ayal Ndede – Kenya
  2. Hope Katanu Mutie – Kenya
  3. Janeth Justinean Lambert – Tanzania

The above finalists will be traveling to Kigali, Rwanda for the awards ceremony during the African Leadership Forum (ALF) hosted by the former President of Tanzania, H.E Benjamin W. Mkapa on 02nd August, 2018.

UONGOZI Institute would like to thank each one of the 2,000+ young African citizens who participated in this year’s competition under the theme:

“If you were an African leader how would you finance development and transformation?”

Note: The essays were fairly evaluated by our panel of judges based on a set of criteria, including originality, creativity, use of language, appropriateness to contest theme and organisational structure.


Minister Mpango urges State Owned Enterprises to Play their Part for Effective Industrial Development

Minister MpangoThe Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Philip Mpango (MP) officiated a National Roundtable Dialogue today on “The Role of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in Implementing the Industrialisation Agenda”.

The dialogue, which was organised by UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the Office of the Treasury Registrar in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, brought together over fifty State Owned Enterprise Board Chairpersons and Chief Executives to deliberate on the role of SOEs in contributing towards the country’s goal of becoming a middle-income, semi-industrialised country by 2025.

In his address, Hon. Dr. Mpango noted that the Dialogue’s theme fits in well with the main agenda of the Fifth Phase Government.

“The Government’s goal is to ensure that Tanzania becomes a middle-income country by 2025, through industrial development,” he said, “we have set targets for the contribution of the industrial sector to the economy to increase by 10% per year and for manufacturing exports to increase by 30% by 2020.”

Hon. Dr. Mpango further emphasised on the importance of events such as these in providing a platform for discussion in order to further progress towards sustainable development.

“This symposium is important both for you and for the Government, for it gives you an opportunity to share ideas and experiences on how public corporations can participate in industrial development, and economic development in general,” he stated, addressing the heads of SOEs.

Hon. Dr. Mpango further urged Heads of SOEs to invest in research and technology, and seize opportunities for effective industrial development. He further urged them to invest time in learning from others, both locally and internationally, that have achieved success.

According to Mr. Kadari Singo, speaking on behalf of the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, the Dialogue ultimately intended to examine the role of SOEs and their contribution in the implementation of the industrialisation agenda.

“Industrialisation is a complex process that needs, among others, broader and effective participation of all stakeholders. SOEs are a critical stakeholder in this process,” he said, “It is our hope that contributions and recommendations from this Dialogue will inform policies, plans and strategies to accelerate industrial development in the country.”

To kick-start the discussions, a keynote presentation on lessons to be learned from East Asia was delivered by Dr. John Page, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Subsequent presentations and discussions focused on lessons from other countries, how SOEs can take advantage of the opportunities emerging during the process of industrialisation, and how SOEs can meet the challenges arising from the process of industrialisation.