Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Role of industrial parks in Eastern Europe and Central Asia focus of Baku conference

BAKU, 18 April 2012 – The role of a new generation of eco-industrial parks in the diversification of Eastern European and Central Asian economies was the focus of a conference, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which ended in Baku today.

Some 60 high-level government officials and experts discussed the potential of industrial parks - specific areas zoned and planned for industrial development - to become innovation hubs that promote new industries and technologies. They also looked at ways eco-industrial parks can contribute to sustainable development, and at their role in attracting financial resources, as well as the role of good governance in making such sites more effective.

Experts in the field presented successful models of industrial parks operating in the region, highlighting the value of innovative approaches and the technical support offered by UNIDO. Conference participants also visited the Sumgait Technology Park in Azerbaijan to get acquainted with the local industrial park experience.

The two-day event was organized together with the Azerbaijani Ministries of Economic Development, and Industry and Energy, and was supported by the Government of Slovenia. It was attended by representatives from Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Ukraine.

Representatives from numerous international organizations also took part, including from the Asian Development Bank, the Eurasian Partnership Foundation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, the German Technical Cooperation Society (GIZ), the Islamic Development Bank, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), UNDP, and USAID.

For more information, please contact:

Farrukh Alimdjanov
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
Tel: +431-26026-5090

 Solomiya Omelyan
UNIDO Programme Officer
Tel: +43 1-26026-3818

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