The current session of the UN General Assembly provides a “solemn opportunity” to consider common challenges that are of great concern to the future of humanity, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) told the global gathering.
on Tuesday “More than ever, the question of security, peace, the environment and health are entering a critical phase.
However, the warning signs are being ignored in favor of economic, geopolitical and geostrategic interests,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.
The theme of this year’s General Assembly is A Turning Point: Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges.
Honor your commitments For Mr. Touadéra, protecting the environment is one of the intertwined challenges that countries must overcome.
“It is time for the biggest polluters to honor their commitments, in particular the implementation of the Paris Agreement, as well as international solidarity for climate justice with respect to the most vulnerable populations,” he said.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how global public health “is an imperative for all nations, without exception.”
‘Paradigm shift’ in health The president said that the Central African Republic has welcomed the “paradigm shift” taking place in the health sector and the unprecedented push for solidarity that accompanies it, including access to vaccines against polio, COVID-19 and, soon, malaria.
He reported that the country has achieved polio-free status, while 50 percent of the target population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I congratulate and encourage the health emergency preparedness initiative implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO),” he continued.
“The Central African Republic is proud to be the instigator and to be the first pilot country that is helping to tangibly improve our ability to manage epidemics.” Development at risk However, the national “march towards development” has been held back by serious security and public health crises, which have been exacerbated by the persistent lack of international financial support.
This has resulted in disruptions to agriculture, forestry, and mining.
“As a fragile state facing food insecurity and a glaring shortage of material and human resources, the Central African Republic continues to make enormous sacrifices to improve its macroeconomic management and fiscal governance,” he said.
“With the support of its partners, my country has been able to implement ambitious reforms to strengthen revenue mobilization and optimize public spending.”
The CAR hopes that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reestablishes the extended line of credit, which had been suspended.
The measure will help boost internal resources and allow the digitization of small tax collection.
Cryptocurrency pioneer However, solutions are still needed to address other challenges, such as developing a resilient and diversified economy, and supporting the education system.
He reported that the Central African Republic was the first country in Africa to adopt Bitcoin as a reference currency and digital payment system, and the first in the world to unanimously adopt a law regulating cryptocurrencies.
“This ambitious and innovative initiative represents a huge opportunity to reposition the economy to improve prospects and change the destiny of the people of the Central African Republic at this time when we need to open ourselves to new horizons and solutions that go beyond the conventional.
,” he said.
Restoration of state authority Mr. Touadéra added that the Central African Republic has also undertaken several bold reforms and initiatives, with the support of international partners, to strengthen the rule of law and restore state authority throughout the country’s territory.
In addition, the government’s “courageous measures” to combat impunity, along with the implementation of a February 2019 peace agreement and other actions, have helped reduce tensions and build trust.
abolished the death penalty in June this year A law on combating human trafficking and a child protection code were passed in August Arms embargo The president also referred to the UN Security Council resolution the UN approved in July that eased the arms embargo on his country.Resolution 2648 also condemned attacks by armed groups against civilians.“I also noted with satisfaction the position ion of the Council against transnational trafficking networks, which continue to supply weapons of all kinds to armed groups.
I welcome the significant progress that has enabled a substantial lifting of the arms embargo imposed on our defense and security forces,” he said.
“I would like to convey the gratitude of the people of the Central African Republic to all friendly and brotherly countries that strongly support our request for a complete and total lifting of the embargo.”
However, Mr. Touadéra said that he deplored “the maneuvers that seek to legitimize the armed groups and insidiously maintain the embargo.”
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