Partnerships For Development Ioc

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Partnerships For Development Ioc

  1. 1. Commission de l’Océan Indien Q4, Avenue Sir Guy Forget, Quatre-Bornes, Maurice Tél: (230) 425 1652/425 9564, Fax: (230) 425 2709 www.coi-ioc.org
  2. 2. Small States in a World of Economic and Financial turbulence Raj MOHABEER Officer in Charge of Economic Affaires General secretariat Indian Ocean Commission
  3. 3. What development partnerships for Small States in a World of Economic and Financial turbulence? CONTEXT: • Globalisation: an accelerating process which even the developed countries are not able to control individually, let alone the SIDS; but the latter depend on the DC markets; • Erosion of preferences & diminishing income, but increasing costs for ensuring sustainability of resources; • Aid already flowing more on trade and economy; with the crisis, pessimism of aid but a more reinforced focus on economy and less and less focus on the other aspects of SD. • Emerging economies – the Asian tigers: what opportunities and challenges? • Economic development strategies based more on trade and regional integration strategies; • SIDS need for identifying new opportunities for economic growth, maintain existing markets and try to access new and larger markets access; • >350 RTAs notified to WTO and EPA with EU; etc
  4. 4. Larger regional markets and partnerships with neighbouring ROs  Regionalisation is here and all the SS and SIDS are involved in a Regional Integration process with each region with its own model. For the IOC perspective:  RI very costly. For e.g the EU process – 25,000 personnel, hundreds of institutions. Which SIDS region can afford that?  How far any SS/SIDS region can go in the process of RI?  So what is IOC doing? • RI process and EPA: e.g bottom-up approach, e.g fisheries management, trying to follow the Pacific model • promoting the sub-regional issues within the larger region on the basis of subsidiarity • Improved functional cooperation with common strategies and programmes with neighbouring ROs
  5. 5. Reinforced functional cooperation • Focus on sustainable development: so as far as possible all the thre pillars of SG are integrated in programmes; • synergies and complementarities amongst neighbouring ROs - IOC, COMESA, SADC, EAC, IGAD and IOC’s role • Avoid duplication of actions, maximisation of optimum use of scarce resources whether human or financial – RSP/RIP
  6. 6. Key partnerships  Key partnerships: • Reinforced political dialogue; • Prepare the region and the economic actors to face the challenges; for e.g this workshop needs to be adapted to every stakeholder and replicated in the regions • Recognise and add value to regional identity and for IOC, the “indianoceanic” identify; • Ensure adequate and regular representation in key regional and international fora; • Put in a system for the “valorisation” of regional experts and elites, ensure a participatory approach involving all parties concerned such as the youth, the women, the population, the private sector and economic operators, parliamentarians, NGOs, etc. • Improve development partners and donors and set up a donor coordination mechanism, monitor access to aid resources. Ensure that Paris Declaration does note remain a “slogan”, but there are concrete actions to oversee its application.
  7. 7. Processes  IOC AfT Strategy;  Projects, programmes and priorities;  Networking and a large focus on sustainability issues; so e.g UOI, MCS, RTTP, etc
  8. 8. ISIDSMS  Cooperation with the other SIDS region;  Focus on the best practices worldwide;  Mechanism for setting up a permanent forum for us?...to move this workshop move forward.
  9. 9. CONCLUSION: partners = results 9
  10. 10. We can…but together! 10
  11. 11. Thanks

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