Posted by Habte Beyene 9/2/2015
Radio Panel Discussion on SDGs and GTP2 Held at FBC
The panelists: from left to right, Eyob Tekalign, Dr Meshesha Shewarega and Shimels Assefa
A radio panel discussion on The implications of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Ethiopia and on The Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP2) and the Role of Development Partners was held at Fana Broadcasting Corporate on August 20, 2015.
Three panelists, Dr Meshesha Shewarega from CCRDA, Eyob Tekalign from Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce Sectoral Associations, and Shimelis Assefa from UNDP, had short presentations during the discussion.
Executive Director of CCRDA, Dr Meshesha Shewarega, during his presentation on SDGs and their implications on CSOs indicated that CSOs can implement 10 out of the 17 SDGs. He said designing social services that would eradicate poverty, advocacy work for attitudinal transformation, doing their level best to have the SDGs included in the country’s plan, and having better understanding of SDGs are four things expected from NGOs to effectively implement SDGs.
As challenges to implement the SDGs, he said the SDGs are too many as compared to the MDGs, there are too many indicators. And, he added, some developed and developing countries are not happy with some of the goals, and the goals demand for high finance injection to be realized, and they lack accountability framework.
Representing the private sector, Eyob Tekalign, Head of the Ethiopian Public Private Consultative Forum at Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, while comparing MDGs with SDGs, said it is challenging to implement the SDGs as they are zero goals that aim at, for instance, ending poverty rather than reducing it by half like in the MDGs. And, he noted, they focus on quality like nutrition security, quality of education, and better employee benefits such as health and safety standards among others.
Participants of the radio panel discussion
Regarding GTP2, Eyob said, “Ideally GTP2 should be all about the private sector.” He explained that the key focus of the plan is manufacturing, export promotion and transformation of the agricultural sector, all of which need the active involvement of the private sector. Eyob said, “The government strongly believes that the local private sector has to be developed. And GTP2 creates special opportunity to the private sector.” He suggested that the government should focus more on how to develop the private sector rather than on how to control it. “The road should not be rough for the informal business to become formal,” he added.