Trade and aid are still major barriers to achieving the anti-poverty goals that countries committed themselves to achieving by 2015, despite significant progress in debt relief for the poorest States, according to a United Nations report launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The report – “Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” – was prepared by the MDG Gap Task Force, created by Mr. Ban to track global commitments on aid, trade and debt, and to follow progress on access to essential medicines and technology.Released ahead of a high-level event on the MDGs to be convened by Mr. Ban in New York on 25 September, the report finds that donors will need to boost their development assistance by $18 billion a year between now and 2010 if they are to meet the pledges they made in 2000 to halve poverty and other socio-economic ills.“This report sounds a strong alarm,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York. “While there has been progress on several counts, delivery on commitments made by Member States has been deficient, and has fallen behind schedule.”The report states that though donor countries have stepped up official development assistance (ODA) since 2000, aid flows have actually declined in recent years – by 4.7 per cent in 2006 and a further 8.4 per cent in 2007. In addition, the recent breakdown of the Doha development round of trade negotiations – aimed at establishing an open, equitable, rule-based and non-discriminatory multilateral trading and financial system – was “a major setback” for developing countries seeking to benefit from expanding global trade opportunities to reduce poverty. According to the report, only 79 per cent of exports from least developed countries are given duty-free access to the markets of developed countries, well short of the target set in 2005 of 97 per cent. In addition, there has only been a mild reduction of tariffs on agriculture exports.While there has been progress on debt relief, the report cites the need for further action, noting that in 2006, 52 developing countries spent more on debt service than on public health and 10 spent more on debt service than on education.Also, while access to medicines to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has improved, the availability of affordable essential medicines is still far from adequate. In addition, wide variations in pricing mean that essential medicines – including antibiotics and painkillers – are often unavailable to the poor. The report recommends eliminating national taxes and duties on essential medicines, as well as adopting generic substitution policies for essential medicines.Regarding technology, the report says developing countries have unprecedented access to new information and communication technology (ICT), with over 77 per cent of the population able to receive a mobile cellular telephone signal, up from 46 per cent in 2001.However, the digital divide between developed and developing countries continues to widen for technologies such as broadband internet connection, the report adds, noting that more than 30 per cent of people in the developing world are still living without electricity.The report calls for urgent action on MDG 8, which focuses on the global partnership to support the other seven Goals – ranging from reducing illiteracy to improving maternal health and improving access to safe water and sanitation – if the anti-poverty targets are to be achieved.With only seven years left until the 2015 deadline, the Secretary-General stressed that concerted action has never been more important. “We are already in the second half of our contest against poverty. We are running out of time,” he stated.Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and chair of the Task Force, recalled recent findings by the World Bank showing that the number of people living in absolute poverty globally is estimated to be 500 million higher than previously assumed.“This serves as a reminder that the relentless focus on the facts on the ground is key to maintaining the momentum of the Millennium Goals campaign,” he stated.He also emphasized the “indispensability” of a larger commitment by the rich world towards MDG 8, which he said is “essentially the signature to the contract for development between the rich and the poor.” 4 September 2008Trade and aid are still major barriers to achieving the anti-poverty goals that countries committed themselves to achieving by 2015, despite significant progress in debt relief for the poorest States, according to a United Nations report launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Buying a car may become much cheaper if the government implements a standard tax rate of 17-18% for most number of goods and services recommended by a panel.Analysts say that car manufacturers, who pay 30-50% as tax currently, will likely cut prices significantly once the tax reform is approved.”The automobile sector could benefit significantly from Goods and Services Tax (GST) if the government accepts the recommendations of the GST panel and puts automobiles (except luxury cars) in the general category of standard goods and services with a rate of 17-18 per cent,” said Sanjeev Prasad of Kotak Institutional Equities.At present, the government levies 30.4% tax on small cars having length of less than 4 metres and engine size below 1500 cc. The tax includes an excise duty of 12.5%, central sales tax of 2%, national calamity contingent duty of 1% and value added tax (VAT) of 12.5%.If the GST become effective, small car prices may come down by 12% to 13%, as the manufacturers may just need to pay a tax of 17 -18%.”As GST would subsume all taxes, a standard rate of 17 per cent would mean that prices could come down by over 10 per cent,” NDTV Profit quoted Kapil Singh and Siddhartha Bera of Nomura, as saying.Lower taxes will not only benefit small car buyers but also could bring down the prices of luxury cars despite a proposed tax of 40% under GST.Once GST is implemented, prices of luxury sedans could fall by 4-5%, while prices of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) can drop by 10-12%, according to analysts.Appealing for early passage of the GST bill, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra said on Tuesday that failing to implement the bill will divide the country and thwart it from becoming a common market.While the Modi government wants to implement the GST from April 1, 2016, the bill is facing strong opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where it does not have a majority.
in order to solve the old residential district of Xining City, the basic conditions of unmanned management, Xining city issued "opinions" of Xining City, the old district comprehensive renovation work, formulate a specific modification scheme, aims to make Xining city through the transformation of the existing infrastructure conditions better than old residential landscaping, lighting, landscaping, purification, clean and smooth housing residents, the realization of "Four Haves". This is the reporter from the Xining municipal government held a meeting on July 3rd learned.
Xining old residential area 669, an area of 4 million 920 thousand square meters, with a population of 77 thousand and 500 households. The old district for the district’s management, due to the construction of the old, common planning, design standard is low, the water pipe network leakage, the roof leaks, part of the building wall weathering cracking, electrical aging equipment, residential roads without hardening, no lights, the lack of some residential property services space, unattended residents eager to solve the problem.
last year, the old city of Xining will be put on the agenda of the transformation work, and learn from the successful experience of other provinces, developed a comprehensive transformation of the old city of Xining, the implementation of the views of the work.
in the property management, will set up a non-profit community service center in the community, responsible for the management of old residential area without health, order maintenance, equipment maintenance and maintenance of basic facilities and basic services. At the same time, according to the comprehensive improvement of housing, environment, facilities, the owners or occupiers of the economic capacity, the follow-up to the management mode of flexible, respect the wishes of the residents, the implementation of market-oriented property management, property management, community service center owners autonomous management of different modes of property management, property services as an important part of the management of the city, into the platform of city management, to ensure the long-term property of full coverage.
by the end of 2013, Xining City, the city’s old residential property service mode will be implemented, and gradually establish a long-term service mechanism, lack of service to solve the basic problems of realizing service subject, garbage removal, order maintenance, routine maintenance of the "four" service targets, the living environment and quality of the residents of old residential quarters the further improvement, the basic realization of full coverage of property services. (author: Wu Yachun)
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