Give Developing Nations the Money, says United Nations Boss
By Dana Malcolm
#March 9, 2023 – It’s time for richer nations to fork over billions for developing nations, says Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General as he calls for support for a new $500 billion dollar plan.
“Least Developed Countries need a revolution of support across three key areas. First — they need immediate assistance to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals.” He maintained speaking at the recent opening of the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha, Qatar.
Guterres unveiled a plan, the Doha Programmes of Action (DPOA), that would see the least developed countries get a share of that $500 billion on an annual basis.
The plan also guides LDCs on the best way to hit the Sustainable Development Goals with ‘concrete targets and deliverables.’
The aim of the plan is to provide LDCs with the monetary and technical support that they need to fast track their development.
“Least Developed Countries also need funding and support —To massively invest in manufacturing and technological capabilities, and better infrastructure and transportation networks. To give women a seat at the decision-making tables of government, business and civic life. To invest in education and training to generate a highly skilled workforce.” He maintained that the plan was a practical guide to all of these issues.
He also maintained that the three part plan would only cost the coalition of richer nations .15 – .20 percent of their Gross National Income, but the fiscal injection would be a life changing sum for LDCs.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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