Why 26th CHOGM meeting is pertinent to TZ

Why 26th CHOGM meeting is pertinent to TZ

THE Vice-President Dr Philip Mpango today joins other Commonwealth Heads of State in their 26th meeting, focusing on five issues, which are also Tanzania’s top agenda.

They include recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, tackling climate change and poverty, boosting trade and promoting sustainable development.

Dr Mpango left the country on Wednesday for Kigali in Rwanda to represent President Samia Suluhu Hassan in the meeting which would be held today and tomorrow.

The meeting’s agenda comes at times when President Samia has taken several initiatives in relation to the mentioned meeting’s top agenda.

For the country to recover from the Covid-19, President Samia made efforts to secure 1.3tri/- from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a relief package for different socio-economic sectors affected by the pandemic.

Last year, when delivering her keynote speech during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, President Samia said it was high time for the developed countries to unlock climate change financing to the developing countries including Tanzania.

On poverty reduction, when officiated an event to hand over vehicles for the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), President Samia said effective implementation of the programme would make it easier for the government to fully implement goal number one of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is to end poverty in all its forms. 

The official opening of 26th CHOGM takes place today and will be followed by the main high-level meetings of Heads from today till tomorrow.

They are preceded by four forums, ministerial meetings, side events and other activities.

CHOGM was due to take place in June 2020 but was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), hosted by different member countries on a rotating basis.

Since 1971, a total of 24 meetings have been held, with the most recent being in the UK in 2018.

A total of 54 independent countries make-up the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

Commonwealth countries are diverse: they are among the world’s biggest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.

Together they work to pursue common goals and values.

Small states are especially vulnerable to issues such as climate change and developmental challenges. But all Commonwealth members have an equal say regardless of size or wealth.

Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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