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Solidarity call at G77

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, May 09, 2013

BASIC services must be provided to all people in developing countries and not just to a privileged few.

This was the strong view put forward by Bolivian President Evo Morales at the first day of talks at the Group of 77 plus China Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South meeting in Natadola.

President Morales, the first Bolivian Head of State to visit Fiji, also emphasised the need for G77 plus China to work together to achieve cohesive growth. "We have to work in solidarity in the South, so that it's not just one country making progress but that we all make progress together," he said.

"Basic services are a human right. A lot of things people take for granted — water, electricity, education, telecommunication — should be categorised as a human right and not a privilege that only a few get to share."

President Morales added that commercial and development financial institutions should not overshadow the needs of the people in developing nations.

"Banks cannot decide the destiny of the people. People are above banks.

"As we shape new development agenda for the world, it cannot be about what financial institutions want but what the people need in terms of basic services and human rights."

The meeting ended yesterday.


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