The Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation (JMKF) was officially launched in Dar Es Salaam today (Monday) March 13, 2017, following the inaugural meeting of its international Board of Trustees under its Chairperson, Retired President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
During its meeting at the Hyatt- Kilimanjaro Hotel Monday, the Board also appointed the current Chairperson of the AMREF International Board, Omari Issa, former head of Tanzania Government’s Presidential Delivery Bureau, the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation to be based at Masaki in Dar es Salaam.
During its meeting, the Board discussed and approved Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees, Organisation Structure of the Foundation, its first Budget and Funding Status, and priorities of the Foundation in its first phase of existence.
The Foundation which is non-profit and non-political in nature, is also a Pan-African body and shall seek to work with Governments and other like-minded stakeholders in the key areas of Sustainable Development, Health, Education, Youth Empowerment and Good Governance.
Under Sustainable Development, the Foundation which shall focus on key areas of focus is expected to include poverty alleviation and eradication, modernization of small-holder agriculture, environmental conservation and climate change.
Under Health Care, the Foundation shall focus on malaria control and eradication, maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, neglected diseases, immunization and nutrition.
The area of Education includes activities such as early childhood, primary and secondary school education; skills development and entrepreneurship; youth mentorship and leadership training.
In area of Governance and Peace, the Foundation shall seek to promote good governance, human rights, peace, social harmony and gender equality.
Addressing members of the Board of Trustees, “It has been stated clearly in Trust Deed that we shall work with Governments and other Stakeholders in Africa and the world in pursuit of objectives, mission and vision of the Kikwete Foundation”.
He added: “We intend to work with and not against governments. We shall work with other institutions with similar objectives to ours, and not compete with them. I believe in complimentarily and cooperation.”
In his opening address, President Kikwete reiterated that the Foundation envisions to transform lives through innovative, effective, sustainable and value-added solutions.
The inaugural nine Board members are drawn from Tanzania, United States of America, Guinea Bissau and Malaysia. A member from a European country shall be named at a later stage.
Members include Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, Retired Chief Secretary; Professor Rwekaza Mukandala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Professor William Mahalu, Chairman of Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute, Ambassador Mwanaidi Maajar, former Tanzanian envoy to the United Kingdom and United States and a Business guru Abubakar Bakhressa, Managing Director of Bakhresa Group of Companies.
Others are Idris Jala, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ambassador Charles Stith, former US Ambassador to Tanzania, and an international business and financial professional Genevieve Sangudi, Managing Director of the multinational Carlyle Group currently based in South Africa.
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