India South-South Industrial Cooperation Centre
In February 2007, the first UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation (UCSSIC) was formally launched in New Delhi with full support from the Government of India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO, said: “The role of South-South cooperation in linking development, expansion of trade and poverty reduction is not a new subject in the international development dialogue. However, it is faced with new challenges and arguably has a greater potential today than ever before”. In his address, Mr. Kamal Nath, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister, observed: “India has as much to learn as to teach, as much to receive as to give. Mutual benefit is the defining phrase. We see the South-South Centre as a project which is global in its reach and scope”.
The main objectives of the UCSSIC India are to:
- Provide a platform to encourage closer industrial cooperation among developing countries,
- Design practical and innovative projects to facilitate the transfer and diffusion of appropriate technologies, the replication of best practices and promote training, skill development and capacity enhancement in entrepreneurship, trade and investment; and
- Act as a catalyst to leverage various on-going projects of governments as well as of UNIDO, and channelize them into coherent initiatives
The centre has successfully implemented six technical cooperation projects, six projects are currently being executed, with an additional two in the pipeline planning phase.
The related documents further outline the UCSSIC mandated area of work and showcase various UCSSIC project examples.