By Mwenya Mofya
The 2019 Africa Sustainable Development Goal Index and Dashboard report has indicated that the continent is not on track in achieving SDG’s by 2030.
The report shows that most African countries have major challenges in implementing SDG number 3 on good health and well-being, SDG number 9 which promotes infrastructure development as well as SDG number 16 which focuses on peace, justice and strong institutions.
The report however indicates that the only goal of which the majority of African countries are on track is SDG 13 which focuses on climate action.
And speaking at the launch of the Sustainable Development Goal Sub-Regional Center for Southern Africa in Lusaka, Rwandan President Paul Kagame called for the formulation of the National Data Systems which will track the progress made towards achieving the targets.
President Kagame who is also SDGCA Board Chairperson believes the establishment of the sub-regional centre will provide technical advice to government in upgrading statistical capacity towards improving health, gender equity and economic development among others.
And President Edgar Lungu has noted with concern that most African countries are unable to attain the SDG’s on account of inadequate financial resources.
The Head of State says there is need for Africa to devise innovative ways of addressing its development challenges through the adoption of home-grown solutions.