Tanzania: 'Turning the tide on Ebola' target may not be met, says Oxfam

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima has criticized the Group of 20's response to the Ebola crisis raging in West Africa, saying it is "dangerously inadequate".

The G20 summit of world leaders concluded Sunday in Brisbane, Australia, with a communique that some observers said has delivered more, but also somewhat less than expected

“G20 leaders have recognised the short and long-term consequences of Ebola, but they have not made new commitments to deal with the crisis," Byanyima said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday. "This means there is a real risk that the UN’s 1 December target for turning the tide on Ebola will not be met."

The Oxfam head noted that the USA, UK, EU, Canada, China and Germany were leading the way "but overall the G20 Summit’s response to this crisis is hugely disappointing”.

On the issue of inequality and inclusive growth, Byanyima said: “Extreme inequality is growing globally, including within G20 countries.

“With the global consensus that inequality is bad for growth, tackling the issue needs to be front and centre of the G20’s plan to lift GDP.

“While we welcome the G20’s continued commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth, it must be followed up with actions to ensure the bottom 40% benefit more than the top 10%.''

Regarding tax reform, on which the G20 Summit made a commitment to crack down on tax dodging by multinationals, the Oxfam boss welcomed the commitment saying, "but what’s on the table currently is not enough to stop poor countries being bled dry".

Byanyima added: “Despite the best efforts of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), most developing countries are still excluded from decision-making on global tax issues.

“Luxembourg, a tax haven, is part of the negotiations around reform of global tax rules, but Sierra Leone - where Ebola is raging and tax incentives for six multinational companies are the equivalent of eight times the health budget – is not. This is not fair.

“Oxfam is now calling for a Global Tax Summit, where all countries participate equally in deciding fair tax rules for all.”
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17 november 2014 07:40:24

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