Sunday, 24 February 2013

Poland shares development experience with Iraq during UNIDO organized study tour

WARSAW, 24 February 2013 – Fifteen specialists representing the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Basra Province and the Iraqi private sector took part in a study visit  to  Poland to review the country’s experience in promoting economic development and change.

The six-day event, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), included seminars and field visits during which Polish hosts showcased initiatives undertaken to develop industrial zones, technology parks and special economic zones as instruments for the development of small to medium-sized enterprises (SME).

“Iraq understands the need to decentralize initiatives for economic development, to stimulate private investment, promote economic diversification and integrate into regional and international trade. Poland has successfully used industrial and economic zones to achieve all four of these objectives. We believe that this exchange between Iraq and Poland will help display best practices and the pitfalls of one of the most successful economic transitions in Eastern Europe,” said UNIDO’s country programme coordinator for Iraq, Cristiano Pasini.

The Iraqi delegation expressed gratitude to their Polish counterparts and interlocutors, as well as to UNIDO for hosting the event and efforts to support the revitalization and transformation of the Iraqi industrial sector.

The study tour is part of a wider UNIDO project aimed at enhancing investments in Iraq through the development of industrial zones which was initiated upon a request from the Government of Iraq and implemented with the financial support of the Government of Italy.

The study tour was organized in close cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Poland, and with the technical support of the Polish Government.

For more information on the event and the project, please contact:

Tidiane Boye
Industrial Development Officer
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