REPOA’s 20th Annual Research Workshop (ARW) was held on 25th and 26th March 2015 and the theme for this year was Harnessing Natural Resources for Socioeconomic Transformation.
REPOA’s Annual Research Workshop (ARW) is the largest and high profile annual event hosted in Tanzanian since 1996. The main objective of this year ’s workshop is to promote policy dialogue based on evidence from research on matters related to the management of natural resources in ways that promote the transformation of the economy to achieve inclusive development. Inclusive development will be attained only if the majority of the citizens benefit now and in the future
The objective of this workshop:
To address the role of natural resources in bringing about socio-economic transformation, and to promote policy dialogue based on evidence from research on matters related to the management of natural resources and transformation of the economy to achieve inclusive development. Inclusive development is attained only if the majority of the present and future generations of citizens benefit from economic growth.
Specific objectives of the workshop are:
- To understand the upstream characteristics of natural resources and what they entail in terms of government choices on investment types and levels, the choice of fiscal regimes, and allocation of risks among key stakeholders
- To understand the fiscal implications of extraction or exploitation of natural resources and the alternative mechanisms available for optimal revenue and fiscal management
- To understand linkages between the exploitation of natural resources and local economic and social development, including employment, local supply networks, technology transfer, and environmental management
- To understand prospects, constraints, and opportunities available for individuals and enterprises in Tanzania across natural resource value chains
- To explore options available for Tanzania to avoid the risk of turning into a rentier-state and degeneration of democracy and rule of law.
- To explore strategies and means through which the country‟s resource wealth can be shared directly with the citizens, giving more priority to the most vulnerable and socially unprotected groups of the population.