KHARTOUM, 31 October 2013 – The Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum today organized a joint visit to Port Sudan to discuss development priorities in the Red Sea State, with a focus on sustaining the fisheries sector as part of a UNIDO fisheries project, funded by Canada.
The visit was in response to an invitation of the Wali (Governor) of Red Sea State, Ahmed Tahir Aila, and comes as a follow-up to the presentation of the UNIDO Country Programme for Sudan on 30 October.
The high-level delegation was the first of its kind and comprised Ambassador Dominique Rosseti of Canada, ambassadors and representatives of over 15 countries, as well as representatives of UNIDO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry, and the Sudanese Chambers of Industries Association.
The delegation visited the landing site in Suakin (one of three landing sites) and a nearby women’s cooperative association. The visit was followed by a presentation and discussions on the fisheries project. Other development projects undertaken by the Red Sea State focus on education, health, agriculture and tourism.
“The fisheries project in Port Sudan, which is funded by Canada and implemented by UNIDO, is a good example of success on the ground thanks to a fruitful cooperation,” said Khaled El Mekwad, UNIDO Representative to Sudan.
“The partnership between UNIDO and the Red Sea State focuses on developing skills necessary for fisheries in the State, and on introducing good manufacturing, hygiene and packaging practices.”
For more information, please contact:
Khaled El Mekwad
UNIDO Representative to Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen
Tel.: +249-183-460-342 (Office)