Participation in UNCTAD15 pre-event:
Enhancing economic resilience in Small Island Developing States - Perspective from South-South cooperation
28 July 2021
On 28 July 2021, Mrs. B. F. Abdool Raman Ahmed, Permanent Secretary, participated as Panellist in a Webinar organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD). The Webinar was part of the preparatory work of the upcoming UNCTAD 15 event to be held in Barbados in October 2021, which has as theme “From Vulnerabilities and Inequalities to Prosperity for All".
The discussion focused mainly on the vulnerabilities of SIDS and the relevant policy strategies to enhance their economic resilience in the wake of the Covid-19 global health crisis. The role of South-South Cooperation in assisting SIDS towards their efforts in achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was also underscored.
During her intervention, Mrs. Abdool Raman Ahmed highlighted the major vulnerabilities of Mauritius as a SIDS as well as the major policy responses adopted by the country in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. She also stressed that the manufacturing sector played an instrumental role in supporting Mauritius navigate the headwinds of the pandemic by ensuring an adequate supply of basic commodities and items of sanitary importance such as face masks, sanitisers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).