Madeje: Tanzania’s empowerment gift to Africa

images (3)From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – FORMER President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, recently remarked African leaders must turn rhetoric into reality and commitment into progress.
He was speaking in his capacity as the special envoy for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, an initiative to complement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring quality education for all by 2030.
Such is the bold leadership of the East Africa statesman that it has inspired a new generation of leaders who have taken it upon themselves to ensure the attainment of that goal in their country, which is in a continent where education still remains a luxury.
Among these advocates of youth empowerment and economic emancipation is Kikwete’s compatriot, Lillian Secelela Madeje.
As the attention turns to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Durban, South Africa, Madeje believes Africa has a great part to play in setting the course for its development.
She looks forward to participating at the event held under the theme, “Achieving Inclusive Growth: Responsive and Responsible Leadership.”
It is appropriate that Madeje, like his inspiration Kikwete, is a proponent of inclusivity and responsible leadership.
She made history at the WEF on Africa 2015 (Cape Town) among 80 young Africans, representing 40 countries and 60 Global Shapers Community Hubs, becoming the largest youth delegation to a WEF meeting.
“WEF Africa affords us the opportunity to ensure a positive trend in the development of Africa and Tanzania in general,” she said.
“Having a seat on such a high level discussions on how private sector, technology and innovation can play a part in bringing about the much needed revolution in our African nations. WEF Africa provides a much needed meeting that helps to align the private sector players in the African market,” she added.
According to the latest (ninth) edition of Tanzania Economic Update, released by the World Bank Group, Tanzania looks to be performing relatively well and outpacing its fellow regional counterparts at a steady pace of nearly 7% real gross domestic product growth rate although shy of the original forecast of 7,3% due to an unexpected dip that the country faced in 2016.
One of the recommendations provided by report is an increased effort of the government to put in place supportive policies that will promote private sector investment, an area that World Economic Forum Africa fits perfectly into the agenda.
Madeje has amassed more than four years of experience in the human resource industry in Tanzania and has had the privilege of working on various projects that link technology with development.
She is a co-founder and Managing Director of Ekihya, a consulting company that works hand in hand with businesses in building processes and systems to result in greater efficiency in their operation.
This is in addition to being a partner in Bits & Bytes, an annual innovation and technology company taking Tanzania by storm.
“Being passionate about the power that that entrepreneurs have in transforming the economies of nations, I decided to establish a boutique strategy and management consulting company that works hand in hand with organizations with the aim of being the premier sought after company in developing people, and putting in place process and systems with the aim of realizing their full economic potential,” she stated enthusiastically.
Lillian has expertise in qualitative research having consulted with a vast number of organizations.
Such capability has been instrumental in the success of her business.
“In our day to day operations we have had the opportunity of working with foreign investors who are looking at entering the Tanzanian market and have provided them with research and on the ground presence,” said the accomplished entrepreneur.
With more than 60% of Tanzania population having access to a financial account, up from 11% eight years back, Madeje has attributed the leapfrog on financial inclusion in one of East Africa’s bigger economies to technology, which has fuelled an upsurge in mobile money transfer transactions.
“With the WEF standing for the role of innovation and technology, we see a great need for these pertinent discussions on how as African nations can leapfrog into a digital revolution that will result in
greater financial inclusion of citizens across the African nations,” added Madeje.
From Dar-es-Salaam to South Africa, she has served as a moderator and facilitator in various events such as the ONE Campaign, Africa Prosperity Index Report 2016 and recently a key panel discussion on
Collaboration for Africa’s Transformation.
Majede currently serves on the Board of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Tanzania where she has successfully steered the organisation’s events for three years in a row until 2014.
She is also an ambassador for the Jali Project, which aims to educate the girl child about menstrual health as well as curator for Dar-es-Salaam Hub of the Global Shaper Forum, which is an initiative of the WEF.
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