De­vel­op­ment Should Not be Fo­cused on Eco­nomic Gain Only: Min­is­ter Seruiratu

GLOBAL ALIGN­MENT IS IM­POR­TANT TO TACKLE NAT­U­RAL DIS­AS­TER RE­LATED PROB­LEMS. ISO­LA­TION IS NOT THE AN­SWER.

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De­vel­op­ment should not be done fo­cussing on eco­nomic gain only but keep­ing in mind the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and so­cial im­pli­ca­tion it would have, par­tic­u­larly in the south­ern Pa­cific re­gion.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment, Inia Seruiratu, high­lighted this at the Ca­pac­ity Build­ing Work­shop: Build­ing Cli­mate Re­silient Agri­cul­ture in Pa­cific SIDS at the Tanoa International Ho­tel in Nadi yes­ter­day. Mr Seruiratu said in or­der to build a re­silient Agri­cul­ture in the Pa­cific, there was a need for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. He said: “Let’s not do de­vel­op­ment for the sake of do­ing de­vel­op­ment, be­cause de­vel­op­ment has to be sus­tain­able.” Mr Seruiratu said money was not every­thing. “So the way we do de­vel­op­ment, we must look at it se­ri­ously,” he said. “We must co-op­er­ate, we need each other and we need one an­other.” Mr Seruiratu called on the peo­ple in the Pa­cific to look at how we could im­prove in the re­gional sec­tor. “How we can im­prove in terms of ca­pa­bil­i­ties, our knowl­edge shar­ing, and the ca­pa­bil­i­ties within.” He praised the Asian re­gion for their way above the rest in terms of de­vel­op­ment. “We need co-op­er­a­tion. No Govern­ment can do this alone, we need the com­mu­nity, and we need the pri­vate sec­tor.

“The re­al­ity for us is we have a small holder farm in the re­gion. “We must se­ri­ously look at the way we live-par­tic­u­larly for the fu­ture, be­cause dis­as­ters are the norms like it or not, be­lieve it or not.” Mr Seruiratu said we need to be pro-ac­tive now. “So that we can be ready when the next one strikes, we had Evan in Van­u­atu last year, and we have TC Win­ston in Fiji. These are the lessons learnt I am talk­ing about the norm of Fu­ture, the way we live we must look at it dif­fer­ent. Fur­ther­more Mr Seruiratu said the prob­lems that are faced, de­mands lead­er­ship.

“We have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and I am ex­cited that we have per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, deputy sec­re­tary, di­rec­tors and friends from Asia.” Mr Seruiratu added global is­sues af­fect­ing na­tions to­day has led to an in­creased de­mand in hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance be­cause of the many prob­lems faced in the world. “The Asia Pa­cific is a good re­gion, but we have our own is­sues as well and we know how vul­ner­a­ble we are and we know how af­fected we are about this is­sues as well. “Maybe not so much in con­flict but when it comes to dis­as­ter, we are vul­ner­a­ble and we are the worst af­fected.” The work­shop ends to­mor­row.

We must co-op­er­ate, we need each other and we need one an­other.

Inia Seruiratu

Min­is­ter for Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia.

Par­tic­i­pants at the ESCAP/SPC Ca­pac­ity Build­ing Work­shop: Build­ing Cli­mate Re­silient Agri­cul­ture in Pa­cific SIDS at the Tanoa International ho­tel in Nadi yes­ter­day.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia.

Min­is­ter for Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and NDMO, Inia Seruiratu at the ESCAP/SPC Ca­pac­ity Build­ing Work­shop yes­ter­day.

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