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Arsalan Altaf

The Express Tribune

Published Date: Dec 10, 2014

United we prosper: ‘Regional cooperation critical for development’

ISLAMABAD: Social
injustices, inequality, illiteracy and climate change were the major
issues that echoed at a conference here on Tuesday with speakers calling
on South Asian countries to make collective efforts to address these
challenges. 

“Regional governments should not only focus on economic growth but
also address the core issues of inequality, poverty, social justice and
promote peace,” President Mamnoon Hussain said.

He was addressing the opening session of the three-day conference on
“Pathways to Sustainable Development,” organised by the Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

“South Asia has achieved impressive macro-economic growth but at the
same time income inequality has also risen,” the president remarked.

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“We need regional response mechanisms to deal with the climate change<br />
issue that is becoming a major threat to economies and societies as is<br />
evident from the recent floods,” said the president.
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Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said South Asia is<br />
home to the most poor and malnourished children in the world. “In fact<br />
we have the most ‘uns’ in every field. We know the answers to these<br />
problems but cannot translate them into practice,” he said, calling for a<br />
K2D approach (from knowing to doing).
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“With unprecedented challenges, we need unprecedented collaboration<br />
on the issues confronting the region. We believe that Pakistan needs<br />
out-of-box solutions to kickstart sustainable development process.”
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Iqbal said the old model of democracy was no longer applicable to new<br />
aspirations and pointed out to decreasing voter turnout in some<br />
developed societies due to voter disillusionment.
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The minister called for a collective South Asia Vision 2025. “Instead<br />
of throwing mortars on one another, let’s throw mortars on illiteracy,<br />
poverty, and hunger in the region.”
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United Nations Under Secretary-General and Economic and Social<br />
Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) Executive Secretary Shamshad<br />
Akhtar said South Asia had grown below its potential.
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“With 40 per cent population below the poverty line, South Asia has<br />
the highest concentration of poor people in the world. It also accounts<br />
for half of the world’s fatalities due to natural disasters,” said<br />
Akhtar, who is also the former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.
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She said South Asia has the potential to bridge the skilled workforce<br />
gap in the world but that depends on effective skill development<br />
programmes. Akhtar said Pakistan could learn from India’s skill<br />
development programme.
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SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri earlier noted that the<br />
South Asian countries have changed over the last few years with<br />
democratic transitions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.<br />
“Things have changed in less than a decade for the good. Conflicts<br />
within and without have eroded the capacity of every South Asian<br />
country. We can work in isolation and fail in isolation or we can work<br />
collectively and ensure a better future for our people.”</p>
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