Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Slovenia conference looks at role of industrial and technology parks in inclusive, sustainable industrial development in Europe and Central Asia

LJUBLJANA, 8 April 2014 – The role of science, industrial and technology parks in fostering inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Europe and Central Asia will be the focus of a conference that opened in Slovenia today.

The two-day event was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia.

“UNIDO is grateful for the support demonstrated by the Government of Slovenia in organizing and hosting this important event. I am confident that it will provide participants with a solid platform for discussion and exchange of best practices, and examine the synergetic role science, industrial and technology parks can play in pursuing inclusive and sustainable industrial development,” said LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO.

Countries in Europe and Central Asia are aligning their strategies with the European Commission’s strategic document Europe 2020, which sets out three mutually reinforcing priorities - smart growth, sustainable growth and inclusive growth. The objective of Europe 2020 is for economic growth based on knowledge and innovation, as well as more efficient, green and high levels of job creation.

UNIDO has provided technical assistance in establishing and managing industrial parks and related facilities in emerging economies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and in Europe and Central Asia.

The first regional conference for Europe and Central Asia countries, entitled “Industrial Parks as a tool to foster local industrial development”, was organized by UNIDO and the Government of Azerbaijan in Baku, Azerbaijan from 17 to 18 April 2012. It focused on the concepts and management of a new generation of industrial parks and resulted in the design and formulation of an action plan to support a regional initiative towards establishing a knowledge platform for dialogue and cooperation on developing business infrastructure such as parks and their various forms for pursuing inclusive and sustainable industrial and economic development.

Following the conference, the Government of Slovenia expressed interest to support establishing such a platform, and within this framework, the organization of the Second Regional Conference. 

For more information, please contact:

Olga Memedovic
Chief, UNIDO Europe and NIS Programme
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