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    >>Joint Seminar

    “Promotion of Industry in Tanzania – Kaizen and Beyond”

    On 30th January, 2014, the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tanzania Office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) and Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) held a joint seminar on industrial promotion in Tanzania through “Kaizen” and cluster development.

    Moderated by Prof. Samuel Wangwe of REPOA, Tanzania, nearly one hundred people from Tanzanian governmental organisations and the private sector as well as other international organisations participated in the seminar, which was opened by Mr. Edward M. Sungura, Director of Policy and Plannning, Ministry of Industry and Trade.

    1. What is KAIZEN?

    “Kaizen” is a Japanese word for “improvement”. The term refers to philosophy and practices, which emphasises the importance of continuous improvement in manufacturing, business and beyond. It is also termed as an inexpensive, commonsense approach to management at all levels, aimed at the reduction of unproductive work and wasted materials.  

    2. How do we promote inclusive and dynamic industrial development in Tanzania?

     Introducing “Kaizen” as a way of promoting cluster-based industry development in Tanzania, this event sought to explore what we can learn from the experience of various industries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, including Tanzania.

    3. Presentations

     The seminar was organised around two keynote presentations by Prof. Keijiro Otsuka and Prof. Tetsushi Sonobe. All the presentations given at the seminar are available below in PDF format for downloading.


  • Mr. Yasunori Onishi, Chief Representative, JICA Tanzania Office, ‘Introduction: Overview of Industry Promotion – based on Japan’s assistance to the developing countries’

  • Prof. Keijiro Otsuka, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), ‘Cluster-Based Development: Why is it so important for developing countries? How can it be achieved successfully?’

  • Prof. Tetsushi Sonobe, GRIPS, ‘Strategy of Cluster-Based Development: KAIZEN, microfinance, and infrastructure’

  • Dr. Donald Mmari, Director of Research on Growth and Development, REPOA, ‘Promotion of Industry for socio-economic transformation in Tanzania’

  • Mr. Hiroyuki Shimakawa, Representative, JICA Tanzania Office, ‘JICA Assistance programmes in Tanzania’

  • Moderator:

    Prof. Samuel Wangwe, Executive Director, REPOA

    Prof. Otsuka at the seminar

    From left to right: Dr. Mmari, REPOA, Prof. Wangwe, REPOA, Mr. Matsunaga, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, Prof. Otsuka, GRIPS, Prof. Sonobe, GRIPS, and Mr. Onishi, JICA

    The audience at the seminar