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A-G Speaks At India Summit

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the private sector and in particular the Indian private sector to be a facilitator to help achieve Millennium Development Goals/Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs/SDGs). Mr
19 Jan 2015 12:07
A-G Speaks At India Summit
Fijian delegation in Jaipur ... from the left, Tupoutua’h Baravilala (senior legal officer), Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali, Fijian High Commissioner to India Yogesh Karan, Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, executive chair of Investment Fiji Truman Bradley and Director Trade, Seema Sharma. Photo: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the private sector and in particular the Indian private sector to be a facilitator to help achieve Millennium Development Goals/Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs/SDGs).

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, in his keynote address at the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit in Jaipur, India, discussed the reasons for the lack of achievement of MDGs and proposed how the post-2015 Agenda be made workable and goals achievable.

He reiterated that many countries did not have the financial capacity nor the right structures in place to achieve the MDGs and its successor the SDGs.

Furthermore, this was worsened by the fact that tangible support through co-operation to help achieve these goals were not in place.

“These goals, while being aspirational, need to be realised in relation to the capacity of individual countries or regions” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“In order not to repeat the failure to achieve such goals, we need to address the problem at hand and we need to understand them. Therefore, financial and the infrastructure capacity of these countries need to be enhanced” he said.

“Greater co-operation within the South countries is the key to achieving these goals. Countries such as India have the capacity in technology, renewable energy, as a market destination and indeed as a market source that many developing countries would look up to” added the Minister.

He further added that future cooperation needs to be driven through private sector and commercial activities as opposed to simply a Government to Government initiative.

Because this is the only sustainable way of improving the capacity and delivery of these goals, whilst the Government-to-Government plays the facilitative role that provides the enabling environment.

“We call on the Indian businesses to make similar commitments as made by Prime Minister Modi to Fiji and the Pacific, in supporting the efforts towards sustainable development, especially for the South countries.”

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