|THE FOREIGN SECRETARY MEETS WITH THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION|
THE FOREIGN SECRETARY MEETS WITH THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
• Mexico will host the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership in April 2014.
• Mexico’s dual role as both provider and recipient of cooperation, allows it to act as a bridge between provider and recipient countries.
• The Foreign Secretary also attended a meeting on mobilizing domestic resources for a future global partnership for development.
Within the framework of his working visit to New York, today Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade attended a breakfast meeting with the three co-chairs of the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The purpose of the breakfast was to advance towards the Partnership first high-level meeting, which will be held in Mexico from April 15 – 16, 2014.
The meeting will provide a variety of actors—governments, civil society, private sector and international institutions—a chance to find ways to maximize the impact on the host communities of different types of international development cooperation and to strengthen existing programs through coordination.
As an actor with global responsibility, Mexico agreed to host the meeting, regarding it as an opportunity to contribute to the debate on the new architecture of international development cooperation, in its dual role as both donor and recipient, which allows it to act as a bridge between other donors and recipients.
At the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2011, it was agreed to establish the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to implement principles for effective cooperation—appropriation, results-oriented management, inclusive development partnerships, transparency and mutual accountability among all of the actors involved in cooperation—through dialogue and an exchange of best practices.
Armida S. Alisjahbana, Indonesian Minister of Development Planning and Head of the National Development Planning Agency; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance of Nigeria; and Justine Greening, UK Minister of International Development, attended the meeting, as well.
Representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) were also present.
The Foreign Secretary then participated in an event on "Domestic Resource Mobilization within a Future Global Partnership for Development," organized by the Nigerian government and the co-chairs of the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
In his speech, Foreign Secretary Meade discussed the importance of increasing cooperation efforts destined to mobilize domestic resources, given the expected decline in the amount of international development cooperation.
He also discussed the strengthening of national tax systems as an essential component of institutional capacity-building, while promoting good governance, transparency and accountability.
He stressed that tax collection is critical for creating a tax environment that can lead to investment and economic growth and, in the long term, reduce the dependence of developing countries on international cooperation. He said that Mexico supports efforts within the G20, G8 and the OECD for achieving better international coordination on taxes.
This event was attended by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; José Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General; Armida S. Alisjahbana, Minister of National Development Planning of Indonesia; and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance of Nigeria.
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