Addis Ababa May 18/2017An Integrated approach is of paramount importance to supporting countries to implement Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Dr. Seleshi Bekele said.
Speaking at Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development that opened today, the Minister said it is important from the onset for countries to obtain all the necessary support to improve the baselines and integrate the agendas in their SDGs action plans.
“We are fortunate in the sense that experiences from the implementation of the MDGs are helping countries in putting together tools, approaches and mechanisms for rolling out national programs to realize ambitions of the agendas”, he stated.
According to Dr. Seleshi, Ethiopia is implementing the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-2) which integrates the SDGs to become a low middle-income country by 2025.
The process of rolling out the growth and transformation plan has accorded us with an opportunity to reassess priorities and to articulate the linkages with SDGs and Agenda 2063, the Minister added.
He stated that Ethiopia is among the five African countries and globally forty countries participating in the 2017 Voluntary National Reviews of High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable Development.
The Voluntary National Reviews provide opportunity for countries at HLPF to report on progress and actions, challenges, gaps and lessons learned in relation to the implementation of 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.
Acting Executive Secretary of ECA, Abdalla Hamdok, said the forum is crucial in promoting coordination and coherent learning and sharing of good practices to advance implementation of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
Furthermore, he pointed out that exporting finished products would help Africa empower its people by eradicating some of the challenges it is currently facing, in particular unemployment and poverty.
“It is high time that the continent really changed this outdated model which we inherited from colonial rule, of continuing to export raw materials and primary commodities," the Acting Executive Secretary stressed.
Africa should resist the continuing economic model that is benefiting outsiders more than local populations if the continent is to successfully implement Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, he noted.
Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development aims at undertaking regional follow-up and reviewing and facilitating learning, including sharing experiences and lessons learned to advance implementation of the 2030 agenda and Agenda 2063.