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The Role of Human Development in Economic Transformation: Lessons from Mauritus

New expert comment on Shared Societies!

Speech at the Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Development Conference by Cassam Uteem, Member of the Club de Madrid and President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002).

The Role of Human Development in Economic Transformation: Lessons from Mauritus

Guest Author: Cassam Uteem

The general theme of this conference is Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Development. Let me tell you what I understand by sustainable development. Too often we tend to conceive development entirely in terms of economic growth. And yet development should in no way be confused with economic growth although they are inextricably connected .Development transcends the narrow concept of a rise in GDP or , per capita income. Just enjoying high per capita income is no substitute for development. The wealth created in a country must trickle down to the people and this implies an equitable and fair distribution. This implies a right to a job: a job is the most effective vehicle of ensuring social inclusion for a job firmly anchors somebody in life bestowing dignity to him or to her.

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Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Development – SUMMING UP

By Clem McCartney*

Before referring to the content of the deliberations it is appropriate to refer to the tone of the presentations and discussions, because they facilitated a meaningful debate.

TONE AND FLOW OF DISCUSSION

In the main the speakers had come well prepared to tackle the issue posed by the title of the conference – how to deliver “inclusive and sustainable development”.

The tone was very positive and encouraging.  Some of the presentations and comments from the floor were pessimistic about the current situation, with good reason, but they were all positively critical in trying to see ways forward.  The general tone was exploratory, “digging down” into the issues as one person said.  As the confgernece centred in on core challenges, the same issues recurred but at a deeper level of analysis and from different perspectives.

This review therefore takes the same approach rather than dealing with the sessions in chronological order.

What was the trajectory of this exploration?

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