‘Govt should be in­no­va­tive on re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion’

Swazi Observer - - BUSINESS - By Ma­jaha Nkonyane

THE Govern­ment of Eswa­tini has been en­cour­aged to be more in­no­va­tive when it comes to re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion.

This was stated by United Na­tions Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor Is­rael Des­salegne, who was speak­ing at the de­vel­op­ment part­ner’s con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing that was held at Happy Val­ley yes­ter­day.

Des­salegne said re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion has be­come in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing un­der the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment. “It is im­por­tant to re­flect on the tra­di­tional fund­ing mech­a­nisms for African coun­tries with a view to com­ing up with in­no­va­tive ways and means of mo­bil­is­ing re­sources,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Des­salegne, proper re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion in the African com­mu­nity, in­clu­sive of Eswa­tini, could in turn in­flu­ence part­ner’s mind­sets and decisions to pro­vide ad­di­tional re­sources for the coun­tries pro­grammes of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. Des­salegne ad­vised the govern­ment on joint mon­i­tor­ing as op­posed to uni­lat­eral trac­ing of pro­gresses and chal­lenges. The coun­try has had reg­u­lar re­ports on de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion which is a good ex­am­ple even though there is scope for fur­ther re­fin­ing of data qual­ity, Des­salegne noted.

The govern­ment was also ad­vised to in­crease util­i­sa­tion of na­tional ex­per­tise through strength­en­ing of hu­man re­sources ca­pac­ity, lim­it­ing the use of ex­ter­nal pro­fes­sion­als mainly to short term high level tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sory ser­vices with clear and con­cise exit strate­gies.

As well, the govern­ment was ad­vised to ad­dress chal­lenges re­lat­ing to ab­sortive ca­pac­ity of tar­get in­sti­tu­tions and ap­pro­pri­ate syn­chro­ni­sa­tion of tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance pro­grammes with na­tional in­vest­ment plans and pro­grammes.

Fur­ther­more, Des­salegne said South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) coun­tries con­tinue to be faced with de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges such as de­clin­ing and non-in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth, high lev­els of poverty and in­equal­ity cli­mate change and re­cur­rent drought and youth­ful pop­u­la­tion in the face of high un­em­ploy­ment rate. Ac­cord­ing to Des­salegne, the key mes­sage in this re­gard is align­ment of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with the needs and pri­or­i­ties of the coun­tries.

FO­CUSED: Part of the at­ten­dees lis­ten­ing to one of the pre­sen­ta­tions at Happy Val­ley.

REP­RE­SENT­ING: EU rep­re­sen­ta­tives lis­ten­ing to the speaker at Happy Val­ley.

ALL THE WAY: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the African De­vel­op­ment Bank (AfDB) lis­ten­ing to a pre­sen­ta­tion done by Prin­ci­pal Econ­o­mist in the min­istry of eco­nomic plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment Sibu­siso Mav­im­bela.

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