Government says there must be constructive engagement on debt relief for poor countries to allow for the effective implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
This must also be buttressed by fair and just international trade regimes.
In his address at the Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals workshop on Wednesday Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said implementation of the development goals requires massive resources and therefore there is need for engagement on debt relief.
He said to mobilise development resources, political will at global, regional and national levels was necessary.
“In this regard, developed countries would need to meet their Overseas Development Assistance commitments,
while developing countries would need to mobilise domestic resources in order to augment the assistance from the West,” said Dr Sibanda.
“In addition, a constructive engagement on debt relief for poor countries, fair and
just international trade regimes, unfettered access to technologies and affordable drugs and other essential social services would need to be guaranteed from the developed countries,” he said.