Georgetown, GINA, September 21, 2015
Guyana is set to sign on to the new set of global human development goals aimed at eliminating poverty globally.
At the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, Guyana and other United Nations Member States will adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, all by 2030.
This is according to Minister of Business and Investment, Dominic Gaskin, who was at the time addressing the opening of the 11th Berbice Exposition and Trade Fair on September 18, 2015, at the Albion Community Centre Ground, Corentyne Berbice.
The Minister advised that this agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), for which 2015 is the deadline.
“These Sustainable Development Goals, as they are called, will be the new goals that we will have to work on achieving. One of these specifically pointed out is to promote sustained, inclusive and economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
The Minister is of the view that this goal and all of its objectives are global, and its meaning clear. In this context, the government is looking to frame a National Economic Strategy for Guyana.
“I believe we owe it to our young population and the next generation of Guyanese, to ensure that our economy can provide them with good paying and skilled jobs. I would like us to start looking at these goals and treat them as common objectives for the future of this country,” the Minister stated.
Gaskin is of the view that over the last 50 years, Guyana failed to develop a strong and viable economy that is capable of competing with the rest of the world. “I believe that failure has a lot to with our own failure to recognise and accept a common set of goals and objectives for this country’s future,” he said.
The minister of Business told Berbicians that one of the priority areas of the Ministry of Business is to increase Guyana’s exports, especially in Value Added products. This process is facilitated by the Guyana Office for Investment (GOINVEST). He also said that the Government is seeking to significantly increase Guyana’s presence in foreign markets and to increase significantly foreign direct investments in Guyana’s economy.
The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and improving access to water and sanitation.
Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not ended for all.
The new Global Goals, and the broader sustainability agenda go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.