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Working together to close the Wealth Gap

" Our country is richly endowed with natural resources. We shall create a better environment for our people to use those resources, including land, waters, livestock and minerals. In doing so, we shall give priority to human resource development, especially giving our people the training, skills and capital with which to self-develop. Education, health, water, infrastructure and the co-operatives are matters that will receive greater attention as we seek to empower our people for self-development and self-reliance.

We cannot promise to put money in your pockets, but we commit ourselves to creating opportunities for self-development for as many people as possible. We do not want to leave anybody behind in our march of development. We must move together; we must strive to stop the wealth gap from widening further among our people.

We can, and indeed we must, wage war more effectively on the poverty afflicting our people, ensuring no child or adult goes to bed hungry, ensuring each child is immunised against preventable diseases, ensuring all people have access to safe water, ensuring every child - male and female - gets quality basic education and ensuring that basic medical care is not beyond the reach of the ordinary person."

Source:  Inauguration speech of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa in November 2000