Monday, 28 November 2011

UNIDO and ACP Secretariat foster efforts to promote sustainable industrial development for poverty reduction

VIENNA, 28 November 2011 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and of the Secretariat of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) will  jointly promote inclusive, competitive and sustainable industrial development in ACP countries.

An agreement on this was signed in Vienna UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and the  Secretary-General of ACP, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

UNIDO will support ACP countries in developing policies, institutions and capacities to eradicate poverty through the development of industrial activities. This would include, among other matters, entrepreneurship development, including in rural areas with a focus on youth and women’s entrepreneurship; developing small businesses, agro-industries, and trade capacity-building. It will also foresee assistance in technology transfer, the promotion of renewable energy and assistance in implementing international environmental agreements.

ACP-UNIDO cooperation in recent years has led to the development of a programme to reinforce the capacity of African Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) and to the preparation of the Africa Investment Report 2011 based on private sector surveys in 20 African countries. The report is a unique source of knowledge on the status of domestic and foreign investment in Africa.

“The partnership with UNIDO will support the sustainable industrial development of ACP countries in line with their national or regional development strategies,” said Chambas. “It will also strengthen the capacity of the public and private sectors in the ACP countries for the development of inclusive, competitive and environmentally friendly industries.”

Yumkella said that the “relationship agreement offers a new framework for enhancing the efforts of UNIDO and the ACP Secretariat in the area of sustainable industrial development of ACP countries and regions.”  

For further information, please contact:

Christophe Yvetot
UNIDO Representative to the EU

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