PROFILE: Tanzania VP nominee Philip Mpango’s impressive academic, career record

Tanzania’s Finance Minister Philip Mpango, nominee for the vice president post

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has nominated Finance Minister Philip Mpango for the vice president post.

Mpango’s name will be tabled in Parliament and will have to be approved by at least 50 per cent of MPs. The position is also supposed to be filled within 14 days of it falling vacant.

The vice president post fell vacant after Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as President following the death of John Magufuli.

Who is Philip Mpango?


According to his profile in Tanzania’s Parliament website, he attended Kipalapala Primary School (1964-65), Kasumo Primary School (1965-67) and Muyama Primary School (1968-1970), where he sat his CPEE.

He proceeded to Ujiji Seminary for his secondary education until 1973, befiore moving to Itaga Seminary for his CSEE (1974-75) and later Ihungo Secondary School for ACSEE 1976-77.

He attained hi BA Hons at University of Dar-es-Salaam in 1984 and MA Economicsfrom the same institution in 1988.

He proceeded to Lund University in Sweden for his PhD between 1990-92 and returned to the University of Dar-es-Salaam for his PhD in Economics.


Dr Mpango, 63, has been the Minister for Finance and Planning since November 2015, when President Magufuli became President.

He started his career as a researcher in at Elimu Suppliers LtD in 1980-181, before joining the Ministry of Labour as an economist 1n 1984-1988.

Mpango has previously served as the Acting Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority, the Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning Commission), the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, and the PA to the President (Economic Affairs).

He has also worked as the head of the President’s Economic Advisory Unit, senior economist for the World Bank, visiting lecturer in Public Economics, Collaborative Masters programme for Anglo-phone Africa, AERC, Nairobi-Kenya, and lecturer, Economics Department at the University of Dar es Salaam.

He was a nominated CCM legislator.

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