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Tanzanian-Irish Joint Monitoring Team Builds Momentum

3-7 July 2014

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Seán Crowe TD, Hon. Hamad Mohammed, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Hon. Festus Limbu, Denis Naughten TD, Ms. Lina Kitosi of the Tanzanian parliament and Anthony Lawlor TD.

Dublin, Ireland – Two Tanzanian members of the AWEPA Joint Monitoring Team with Ireland made their first visit to Dublin and to the Irish parliament. Hon. Festus Limbu and Hon. Hamad Mohammed, both members of the newly established Budget Committee of the Tanzanian parliament, were hosted by the Irish team members, Denis Naughten TD, Seán Crowe TD, Anthony Lawlor TD, as well as Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Head of the Irish AWEPA Section.

The AWEPA Joint Monitoring Team concept is still a relatively new concept in development effectiveness, being pioneered by the members of the Irish AWEPA Section with their counterparts in the Tanzanian and Mozambican parliaments, and supported by Irish Aid.

The visit of the Tanzanian MPs to Dublin marked a new stage of maturity of the project, with team members from both parliaments identifying particular areas where tangible results can be achieved. On one side, the effectiveness of budgetary oversight systems in the Tanzanian parliament provided a model for Irish members to pursue in the Irish parliament. While in Tanzania, members from both countries agreed to join forces to pursue specific goals in the extractive industries, agriculture and development aid oversight.

Above all, the rapport between both sides and the work ethic of the team is a clear sign of promising future results.