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Justinian F
Rweyemamu Development Economics Born Septe 19 Bukoba Reg Tan Died March (age New Yo York Nationality Ta Institution the U Nations 19 Office
Presi Tanzani Minis Plannin the Un of Dar e 1967 Field Devel Econ Alma mater Har Univ (Ph.D., Ford Univers 19 Influenced Del Rwe Ibr Lipu Juma S Benno Jakaya Contributions Af industri stra Intern Mon System N Intern Or Justinian F. Rweyemamu (28 September 1942—30
March 1982) was Tanzania’s first major Economics scholar.
Considered by many as
the outstanding
representative of the
African scholars, he was also a pan-
Africanist, political
strategist, and
international civil
servant. Early life and
education Rweyemamu was
born on 28 September
1942 in Katoma, a
small village in the
outskirts of Bukoba town located in Kagera Region, Tanzania. In 1958 he joined St. Thomas
More College Ihungo, a
Catholic secondary
school in Bukoba, and in 1961 graduated top
of his class. He then
went to the USA on a
scholarship to pursue
education on the eve of his country’s
independence from
the British. He enrolled
at Fordham University, where he majored and
graduated with a
Bachelor of Science
degree in Economics,
Applied Mathematics
and Philosophy (1965). At Fordham he was an
active member of the
university's Economics
club and the
Philosophy club. He went on to Harvard University for his graduate and doctoral
studies in Economics
(Ph.D 1971) under a
fellowship from the Rockefeller
Foundation, studying under economists Albert Hirschman and Thomas Weisskopf.
While at Harvard, he
was a contemporary
of the political
scientist Mahmood Mamdani and documentary film-
maker James Ault,
with whom they
formed the informal
Harvard “Africa
Group”. His Ph.D thesis, entitled “An Industrial
Strategy for Tanzania”,
was a seminal work in
the development
economics scene, and
its revised version was later published by
Oxford University
Press as
and Industrialization
in Tanzania; a study of perverse capitalist
development (1973). Career On completion of
graduate studies, he
returned to his native
land and took up a
faculty position at the
Department of Economics of the University of Dar es
Salaam, and was later the Dean of its Faculty
of Social Sciences. He
then took up position
in the Government to
become more of an
actor, than a privileged spectator in academia.
In the government he
was appointed (1975)
Permanent Secretary
of the Planning
Ministry and subsequently Personal
Assistant (Economic
affairs) to the then
President of the
Republic Julius Nyerere. In a span of just a few years he
became internationally
recognized, due to his
thought provoking
economic analysis and
recommendations of the economic plight of
the poor nations. He
was thus appointed
Chairman of the Council for the
Development of Social
Science Research In
Africa (CODESRIA), member of the
Committee of the
Third World Forum and
a founding member of
The International
Foundation for Development
Alternatives (IFDA). In 1977 he left the
country for a high-
profile appointment in
the UN, first in Switzerland and then
later New York, USA.
During his time in the UN he was a member of the UN Committee for Development
Planning, worked for
the Brandt
Commission and
worked for the UN
Director General for Development and
Cooperation till his
untimely death caused
by cancer on 30 March 1982. Ultimately,
Rweyemamu is
remembered as the
father of Tanzanian
economics and made
his greatest impact through the
concentration of his
students in top
echelons of
government and academia. These
include: Jakaya Kikwete, the fourth President of the United
Republic of Tanzania;
Benno Ndullu, the
Governor of the Bank
of Tanzania. Ibrahim Lipumba, Tanzania’s academician and
politician; Delphin
Rwegasira, Tanzanian

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