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ICMA members have generously shared their time and expertise in support of ICMA’s global programs. Some have served directly as volunteer advisers on projects around the world. Others have shared indirectly by “lending” their technical experts for volunteer assignments in the field. Over a period of months, ICMA Academic Member [and Executive Master of Public Administration Chair and Professor at GGU] Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez (at right in the photo above) spent many weeks in Tanzania on the Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) project, which is designed to increase private-sector investment leading to inclusive, broad-based economic growth in three agricultural regions and in Zanzibar.
Gonzalez worked with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture in Morogoro, assisting in efforts to build its credibility with the private sector. Bringing public- and private-sector actors together, he facilitated an agreement by the municipal council to reduce a service levy on local businesses — a move that encouraged greater compliance by small businesses and improved tax collection by the municipality. In addition to his volunteer work on behalf of the ENGINE project, he has been an active volunteer supporter of the ICMA China Center.
Gonzalez is the faculty adviser for the ICMA Student Chapter at GGU. He recruited GGU students for a study tour to China in April 2017 and shared his technical expertise in local government during meetings and forums.