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Tanzania inaugurates World Bank funded
center to improve judiciary efficiency       

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania on Monday inaugurated a World Bank-funded training and information resource center to improve the efficiency and transparency of the judiciary.

Tanzania’s Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma said the construction of the training center was part of the World Bank’s support to Tanzania’s five-year strategic plan to achieve citizen-centric judicial modernization.

Juma said the center will offer training programs in legal, administrative and judicial topics and law reform areas for about 900 judicial officers and about 6,000 court staff in the judiciary.

“It will help upgrade skills that are necessary to cut backlogs and delays in hearing of cases, and improve service provision to citizens,” said the chief justice.

World Bank Country Director for Tanzania Bella Bird said that as Tanzania moves toward a middle-income status, it is extremely important to underscore the pivotal role that the judiciary plays in achieving social and economic development.

The World Bank allocated 65 million U.S. dollar for the Citizen-Centric Judicial Modernization and Justice Service Delivery Project.

“An effective justice system is critical for fighting corruption, improving accountability and transparency, and delivering better public services that the citizens of Tanzania need, especially women, the poor and generally the vulnerable segments of the population,” she said.

Bird said judicial reforms also catalyzed private investment, and that timely functioning of the courts boosts the private sector by upholding property rights, and procurement contracts.

“An effective judiciary is essential for the confidence of businesses to invest, and therefore pivotal for economic growth and job creation,” she said.

“It helps entrepreneurs and businesses lower their transaction costs and manage their operating risks,” said Bird.

She added that timely functioning of courts also helped to reduce the administrative burden with speedy resolution of tax disputes and enforcement.

           

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