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Tanzania HR Summit 2014 to focus on Vision 2025

The implementation of Vision 2025 will allow Tanzania to move up globally to the position of a middle income country – and Tanzania’s HR sector is the key to this transformation. This is the main focus of this year’s Tanzania Human Resource Summit, to be held in August in Dar es Salaam. The Summit, which is currently the largest gathering of HR professionals in East Africa, is now in its fourth year.

The Tanzania Development Vision 2025

This policy was devised in 1995, after Tanzania found itself in a less than desirable socio-economic state. The country was turning towards a new capitalist regime, but in doing so, the government quickly realised that they had no meta-policy as a foundation on which to grow this new development. So they put together a panel of experts to outline exactly how every sector would need to develop and work together in order for the country to achieve the economic status that it wanted.

The policy that they drew up states that by 2025, Tanzania is to:

  • Have a population with a high quality of life
  • Be a stable, peaceful and united country
  • Have an intact well working good governance machinery
  • Have a well-educated population and one that craves for learning
  • Have a competitive economy capable of producing sustain- able growth and shared benefits.

Tanzania HR Summit 2014

According to Phylisiah Mchenin, Chief Executive Officer of IRIS Executive Development Centre, the main sponsor of the event, this year’s summit will offer “new and proven approaches to resolve the key challenges facing the sector in the country.”

Mchenin believes that the HR sector has a pivotal role to play in the uplifting of Tanzania’s economic status. She also notes that HR professionals need to change their thinking in order to affect the change needed.

The economic dynamics of Tanzania are changing rapidly requiring HR professionals to stop walking and run, so as to play their role in the country’s transformation,” explains Mchenin. “Tanzania has got what it takes to create a million jobs annually, and experience an economic miracle, if only investors can get value for money from the HR sector.”

Something that Mchenin claims is lacking in the Tanzanian HR sector at the moment is a value with reward segmentation.

The real value of adopting effective compensation and reward strategies as a model for employee productivity and business growth are yet to be fully realised in Tanzania,” she observed. Mchenin is confident that this year’s HR summit will address this issue, as well as other HR bottlenecks that might be getting in the way of the progress plans of Vision 2025.

“Creating Value with Reward Segmentation”

The theme of this year’s summit aims to ensure that the HR sector starts to look at proper compensatory structures that will resolve Tanzania’s current work ethic problem. The country is yet to adequately compensate employees for their work, which has resulted in local and foreign investors becoming frustrated in the lack of work coming out of the skilled labour market.

The main speaker at the event is Dr. Mark Bussin, an international remuneration specialist, leader and author, who is widely recognised for his commitment to innovation in the human resource sector. Another speaker is Eric Ongara, Tanzania’s HR manager of Coca Cola Kwanza Limited, under who’s guidance were the second runners up in the overall Best Employer, as well as won the awards for HR Policies & Practices and Employee Relations, in ATE Annual Employer of the Year awards.

The Iris Tanzania HR Summit 2014 is to be held on 14th and 15th August at the Hyatt Regency in Dar es Salaam.

For further information, go to these sites:

  1. 2014 Human resource summit eyes realisation of Vision 2025”, The Guardian, 12 June 2014. Available at:
  2. Dr. Ernest T. Mallya, “A Critical Look at Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025”. Available at:





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