Wednesday, 26 June 2013

UNIDO and Government of Niger strengthen cooperation

VIENNA, 26 June 2013 - Niger’s Minister of State for Mines and Industrial Development, Hamidou Tchiana, and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Kandeh K. Yumkella, today signed a joint declaration agreeing to cooperate closely on  the preparation and implementation of a new country programme.

The programme, entitled “Enhancing food security and income generation through sustainable revitalization of the meat, milk and cowpea value chains”, has a total budget of nearly USD 12.5 million. It will focus on agro-industries and agribusiness development, as well as on investment promotion; the promotion of small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship, especially for young people and women; trade capacity building through the upgrading of industry; and  industrial governance and statistics.

The aim is to help producers working in the field of agro-industries and agribusiness reach wider markets, increase productivity through the introduction of modern technologies and sustainable energy generation, and ultimately offer consumers cheaper and safer products.

The country programme is fully aligned with the aims and objectives of Niger’s recently agreed Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (Le Programme de Développement Economique et Social du Niger - PDES 2012-2015).

For more information, please contact:

Bashir Conde

Industrial Development Officer

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