John Magufuli of Tanzania calls for less dependence on foreign donor

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday appealed to Tanzanians to work hard in order to enable the east African nation to lessen foreign donor dependence.

 The head of state was speaking at a special Easter mass at the Azania Front Lutheran Church in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“Tanzanians can stop relying on conditional loans from foreign donors if they cultivate a culture of working hard,” said Magufuli.

Since he took power in November 2015, Magufuli has taken a number of austerity measures aimed at cutting down government spending and boosting government revenue collection.

He said these measures, including banning foreign travels for civil servants and enhancing tax collection, were aimed at improving provision of social services like free education, and lessening donor dependence.

In February 2015, the Minister for Finance and Planning, Phillip Mpango, told Parliament that the government intended to cut donor dependence to three percent in the next budget from the current 6.4 percent.

He said the reduced dependence would be compensated by increasing domestic tax revenue by 15 percent, borrowing commercially, cutting wasteful spending, and reviewing tax exemptions.

 

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