Posted: Friday March 23, 2012 1:44 AM BT

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete is expected to grace the opening of the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) 17th Annual Research Workshop in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday next week.

The workshop dubbed 'Socioeconomic Transformation for Poverty Reduction in Tanzania' will mainly seek to probe on what type of transformations are appropriate for a more effective approach towards poverty reduction.According to a statement issued by REPOA, the growth experience in Tanzania in the last decade shows that the economic growth has been associated with too modest in poverty reduction.

"However, a recent development experience in several developing countries indicates that it has been possible for several developing countries to transform their economies and reduce poverty levels substantially," the Executive Director, Prof. Samuel Wangwe, said in the statement made available to the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

He explained that the 17th Annual Research Workshop organised by REPOA will seek to determine what lessons can be drawn from these experiences with a specific focus on socioeconomic transformation for more rapid poverty reduction, addressing the roles of the state, private sector, and communities.

Prof. Wangwe noted that in the same tradition, the workshop will feature a keynote speech on the theme and that participation is by invitation only.The Executive Secretary of the Planning Commission, Dr Phillip Mpango, will be the keynote speaker in this year's event.

Among the notable figures this year will be the Head of the Developing Economies Study Department at the Institute of World Economy in Vietnam, Professor Do Duc Dinh, and the Dean of the College of Humanities and Development at China Agricultural University and Senior Research Associate at China International Poverty Reduction Centre in Beijing, Prof. Li Xiaoyun.

The two will be the discussants for the keynote speech based on the experience of countries that have achieved substantial reduction of poverty through appropriate socioeconomic transformation.The panel discussion will be chaired by the Governor of the Bank of Tanzania, Prof. Benno Ndulu.

Presentations are expected to touch on six areas, namely agricultural and rural transformation, public services delivery reforms, and industrialisation.Others will be natural resource management, employment and labour market reforms and foreign direct investment (FDI).

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