VIENNA, 14 May 2014 - The new Permanent Representative of Cyprus to UNIDO, Marios Ieronymides, presents his credentials. The Ambassador pledged his Government’s strong support for implementing the Lima Declaration and operationalizing the inclusive and sustainable industrial development approach. Director General Li and the Ambassador agreed on further intensifying the cooperation between UNIDO and Cyprus in the future.


    VIENNA, 13 May 2014 - The Director General met with Patricia Flor, Director General for the UN at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and thanked her for her Government’s strong support to UNIDO. They exchanged views on ways to strengthen cooperation and help countries develop their own capacities to respond to their development challenges. Flor expressed Germany’s support for ISID and welcomed the two forthcoming forums.


    VIENNA, 13 May 2014 - Director General LI Yong and Director General of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), Mohamed Ben Youssef Bezhad, today agreed to reinforce the ongoing cooperation between the two organizations. They signed a USD 7 million technical assistance programme entitled “Enhancement of regional trade capacities in food through a harmonized regional conformity assessment and food safety systems”.


    VIENNA, 12 May 2014 - Director General Li after signing a country programme with Binta Diallo, Guinean Minister of Industry.


    VIENNA, 6 May 2014 - Director General Li received Hiroshi Watanabe, Governor and CEO of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Watanabe explained that JBIC had recently expanded its operations in Africa and Latin America and expressed his interest in enhancing the Bank's cooperation with UNIDO in these regions and elsewhere. DG informed Watanabe of his plans to initiate a new partnership programme with national and international financing institutions and the private sector.


    VIENNA, 6 May 2014 - Song Young-wan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to UNIDO, presents his credentials to Director General LI Yong. The Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the good existing cooperation between his Government and UNIDO, and commended Director General Li on his efforts to revitalize the Organization. Li briefed the new Permanent Representative about the implementation of ISID and underlined the Republic of Korea’s important role in the process.


    VIENNA, 6 May 2014 - Director General Li held a bilateral meeting with Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, and his delegation. They exchanged information on business partnerships events and investment missions, and discussed issues regarding industrial policy and strategy, as well as the organization of a regular dialogue on SME policies.


    VIENNA, 11 April 2014 - Director General Li with Koji Omi, a long-time Member of Parliament and former Minister of Finance of Japan. As founder and chairman of the Science and technology in society forum, a worldwide network of scientists, policymakers and business people launched to respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the evolution and spread of modern technology, Omi took the opportunity to invite DG Li to its next annual meeting in October.


    VIENNA, 10 April 2014 - The new Permanent Representative of Colombia to UNIDO, Ambassador Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente, presents his credentials to Director General LI Yong. Expressing his interest to cooperate further, former Minister of Economy and Industry Cabal Sanclemente highlighted the importance of SME development, and agreed with Li that developing partnerships with the private sector is of paramount importance.


    VIENNA, 7 April 2014 - Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama, expressed appreciation for UNIDO’s contribution to TICAD V and interest in further close cooperation, including in energy management and women empowerment. She presented the project “future city” formulated around three pillars: environment, economy and society. Director General Li noted the relevance of the project to UNIDO’s green initiative and ISID mandate. Both partieswill work in support of Africa’s development.