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NAM 2024: Tinubu seeks financing mechanism, equitable market access for developing countries

Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Nigeria's Honourable Minister for Budget and Economic Planning, Representing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Other Leaders at the Opening of the 19th Summit of Heads of State & Government of the Non-Aligned Movement, in Kampala, Uganda          Photo: State House

*Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu urges the Non-Aligned Movement, in Kampala, Uganda, to collaborate with the United Nations to ensure the developed countries provide Climate Finance of $1 trillion to fulfill their promise of $100 billion annual commitment to support the developing countries of the world

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has called for an equitable access to capital for developing countries of the world for marked progress.

Tinubu stated this while speaking at the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the weekend, in Kampala, Uganda.

The Nigerian leader, represented at the well-attended summit by Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Honourable Minister for Budget and Economic Planning, said such access to capital markets would provide the much-needed resources for development with a view to solving some of the most pressing global challenges.

Folasade Boriowo, Director of Information, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, in a statement issued at the weekend, disclosed President Tinubu, however, pointed out that the developing world is not looking for sympathy or begging, but fair and equal opportunity.

Chaired by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, several Presidents and Heads of Governments attended this year’s summit in Kampala, said the statement.

It is noted the theme of the summit which is “Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence”, bore relevance with respect to the current trend of wars, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, threat of use of nuclear weapons and the dangerous polarisation between developed countries, similar to the era of cold war.

The Non-Aligned Movement is the largest gathering of countries, second only to the United Nations General Assembly.

President Tinubu noted that the combined population of the 120 countries that make up the Non-Aligned Movement is over 4.4 billion or about 55 percent of the world’s population, yet the total financial resources available to all these countries are much less than that of some countries.

The total budgetary resources for the 120 countries is less than $3.5 trillion, which is less than the budget of United States alone.

Whereas the aggregate public debt of less than $6.6 trillion, mostly at higher interest rates and shorter tenor, is about one-sixth of one or a few developed countries, he said.

These startling statistics, according to the Nigerian leader, are a clear evidence that the Non-Aligned countries suffer from a lack of access to capital and resources for development.

Tinubu further stated: “More often than not, public debt available to developing countries is far more expensive and not substantial enough to make an impact.

“Therefore, we wish to advocate a financing mechanism and equitable capital market access that can provide adequate financial resources to the Global South.”

Tinubu as well listed the challenges facing the world currently to include climate change, conflict and wars, terrorism, and widening inequality.

He stated: “All these are happening as we are battling to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not possible for any one nation to tackle these multidimensional challenges.”

The Nigerian President stressed the development required greater collaboration between and among member-states as they struggle to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their respective economies.

“In this regard, we must recommit to the foundational principles of Non-Aligned Movement to better assure of global peace and security,” said Tinubu.

Between Climate Change and developing countries

In regard to the concept of climate change, the Nigerian President also indicated that the developing countries were moving forward on the issue with courage and ambition.

Tinubu stated: “Developing countries have striven in the last two decades under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process to make common but differentiated responsibilities a basic principle of global climate action.”

To move forward decisively, access to affordable climate finance and technologies is critical, said he.

President Tinubu, therefore, urged NAM to work with the United Nations to stress the need for the developed countries to provide climate finance of $1 trillion at the earliest to fulfill their promise of $100 billion annual commitment to climate finance to developing countries.

He equally lent Nigeria’s voice to the Non-Aligned Movement Member States’ common position in condemning the present wanton destruction of lives and properties in the State of Palestine, which has assumed a critical dimension.

Tinubu said: “Nigeria supports and reiterates call for an immediate durable and sustained humanitarian truce in that region.

“Many lives, including women and children, have been lost since the commencement of the crisis between the States of Israel and Palestine with so many displaced.

“The daily increase of displaced persons and shortage of humanitarian supplies due to impeded access have greatly impacted on the people, exacerbated the humanitarian catastrophe in the region and increased civilian casualties.”

He as well noted that as a promoter and protector of human rights, Nigeria urged the parties in the conflict to uphold the fundamental values of international humanitarian law, which places high premium on ensuring civilians’ safety and wellbeing.

Tinubu declared: “This should go beyond mere politics and rhetorics. Destruction of lives and property, including hospitals and religious and cultural sites, is a violation of international law.

“Nigeria therefore calls for a ceasefire and reiterates its call once again for quick de-escalation of hostilities by both sides which should help us in getting to a two-state solution.

“This seeming permanent cycle of violence needs to be broken.”

The Nigerian leader told the NAM member states that it is their responsibility to build bridges and take urgent practical actions to scale up success and lessons learned.

“We must work together to tackle these challenges by touching the lives of the most vulnerable in society,” he noted.

Tinubu added that the pursuit of shared prosperity for all must be at the centre stage of multilateralism.

He stated: “Shared prosperity is the ultimate guarantee for peace. Our countries are looking for equity, not sympathy.

“It is justice and development that shall make freedom blossom.”

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