March 19, 2021

‘Let’s Pull Together For the Success of SDGs’: Mavima

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Pepertua Rojasi

PUBLIC Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Professor Paul Mavima says Zimbabwe needs to focus on growing the economy and invest in areas that are of importance to the development of the country.

Speaking in a virtual discussion on ZTN, Professor Mavima said the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on government working together with the people.

SDGs were adopted by all the United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

“There is need to fundamentally look at how we can grow the economy as quickly as possible and to generate the resources that we need to invest in areas that are fundamental to the development of a country.

“Everything depends on how we put together as the government, as a people the necessary partnership with the private sector and every individual,” said Prof Mavima.

The minister added that education and the health sector should be enhanced because without these two there would be no development.

“These two that is, education and health sector is what actually gives the fundamentals for economic development. Even though we are targeting mining, industrialisation, we cannot achieve the goal without those two.

Speaking during the same discussion, UN resident coordinator for Zimbabwe Maria Ribeiro said the SDGs are ambitious and it is not just one SDG that is important but they are inter-related.

Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) director, Leonard Mandishara said, ‘there is need to raise resources that are going to play a pivotal role to ensure that the programme and the policies and initiatives that are key to the achievement of the sustainable of developmental goals are adequately funded.”

Poverty Reduction Trust director, Judith Kaulem said the country needs to ensure that governance is inclusive and people centered.

“We need to focus on social protection because it is people who push development so it is important that we uproot inequalities, Kaulem said.

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