H.E. Pehin Dato Ahmad Wally Skinner
at the International Conference on Financing for Development
Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
The developing countries have been waiting for this to happen since a decade ago.
This is the beginning of a long process that would eventually enable the developing countries to move away from under-development and poverty, and to re-build their confidence to face the challenges of new economy.
However, the path leading to this Conference has not been easy. The road ahead of us is equally challenging as well.
For, there is greater political, economic and social diversity and complexity among us, and the priorities and levels of development are wide and deep.
We feel that we, the global community, must work together to translate the Monterrey Consensus into action plans.
The United Nations, despite having a central role to play, cannot do it alone. It requires active involvement of other key international and regional organisations and institutions in the process.
We also welcome progress in the work to reform the international financial architecture, though we feel that many issues yet remain to be addressed. We join many speakers before us in calling for increased participation of the developing countries in key international fora, especially in setting up policies and standards that reflect the interest of both developed and developing countries.
The role of the United Nations is indispensable. So too are other institutional
stakeholders, particularly the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO.
My delegation is confident that the Monterrey Conference will be able to generate a level of momentum and a degree of partnership that are necessary to realise our international development goals, particularly those pledged at the Millennium Summit.
Statements at the Conference