Tuesday, 03 September 2013

UNIDO promotes industrial parks in the development of a Eurasian economic growth belt

URUMQI, China, 3 September 2013– The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and officials from China and other Asian countries are discussing the role of industrial parks in the development of a Eurasian economic growth belt.

A round-table on this issue, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the Government of China, took place today. The meeting was part of the Third China Eurasia Expo, which runs from 2 to 7 September 2013, in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in north-west China.

The round-table involved some 100 high-level government officials and experts, including representatives from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Central Asian countries, and from organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Participants discussed the great potential for multilateral cooperation along an envisioned Eurasia economic growth belt, and in particular the role of industrial parks as innovation hubs that promote new industries and technologies, spread the growth pole effect to the local economy and generate employment.

The discussions also focused on green industrial guidelines and ecological design for the industrial parks, as well as the role of public-private partnerships in making the parks more effective. Various experts presented successful models of existing industrial parks operating in the region, highlighting the value of green growth approaches and regional strategic partnerships.

At the opening of the round-table, Philippe Scholtès, Officer-in-Charge of UNIDO’s Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, speaking on behalf of LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO, said, “We are facing today a historic moment for the sustainable development of the Eurasian economy. The development of a Eurasian economic growth belt is seen as an initial step for spreading, more equitably, the growing prosperity of the whole region.” He continued, “Industrial parks can play a crucial role accelerating this process. With the clustering and spillover effects which they engender, industrial parks can achieve economies of scale, stimulate investment, generate job opportunities, disseminate knowledge and technology, and facilitate innovation, as well as expand the benefits which they create to the surrounding areas.”

LI Jingyuan, Secretary-General of the China Eurasia Expo, welcomed the concept of a Eurasia economic growth belt and expressed interest in working with UNIDO to promote regional cooperation. YAO Shenhong, Director General of the Ministry of Commerce’s China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges, supported UNIDO’s initiative on South-South and Triangular cooperation along what has been dubbed the ‘New Silk Road’.

The round-table participants also visited the Urumqi Economic Development Zone and Changji High-Tech Industrial Development Park to get acquainted with the local industrial park experience. The one and half-day event was co-sponsored by the China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges and the Department of Environment Protection, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

For more information, please contact:

Director, UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation (Beijing)
Tel: +861-84000708
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UNIDO Programme Officer
Tel: +43 1-26026-3716
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