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Thursday, 07 November 2013

Director General Li takes part in Green Industry Conference, signs agreement during China visit

GUANGZHOU, China, 7 November 2013 – Director General Li spoke at the opening of the third Green Industry Conference which has a focus on promoting the rapid uptake of green industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems. The three-day event was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and UNIDO.

Director General Li after signing a memorandum of understanding with MIAO Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of the People’s Republic of China. Under the agreement, UNIDO and MIIT will initiate cooperation to promote green industry and cleaner production in China, including industrial water and energy efficiency, as well as programmes to reduce the use of lead. They will work together in support of eco-design, the utilization of industrial solid wastes and renewable resources, sustainable development of SMEs, and green industrial parks.

Meeting with MA Xiuhong, Executive Director of China Foreign Trade Centre, former Vice Minister of Commerce. She expressed interest in expanding cooperation with UNIDO in the field of technical training courses on energy and environment. The Director General highlighted the importance of South-South and Trilateral cooperation, and expressed readiness to expand cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and carry out technical cooperation projects in the Pacific Island countries, in particular in renewable energy such as solar.

Dilip Barua, Bangladesh Industry Minister, who met Director General Li on 7 November in Guangzhou, expressed satisfaction with the current large portfolio of UNIDO technical cooperation projects in his country, including on standards and accreditation, fisheries, textile, leather and environmental protection. He highlighted the importance of sustainable industrialization for the people of Bangladesh, and proposed new areas of joint cooperation, namely medical waste treatment, and renewable energy. The Director General expressed gratitude to the Minister for his support to the Green Industry Conference in China.

At the ministerial workshop on renewable energy on 7 November 2013 in Guangzhou, the Director General delivered a speech. The event was co-organized by UNIDO and the Ministry of Commerce. Other training courses were also inaugurated. Over 170 experts from 40 developing countries took part in them.