Wednesday, 30 October 2013

USD 11m programme for industrial modernization of Sudan presented by UNIDO

KHARTOUM, 30 October 2013 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Office in Sudan today presented a country Industrial Modernization Programme (IMP) for the period from 2012 to 2016 worth a total of USD 11 million.

The programme, which was officially signed in June with the Federal Ministry of Industry, represents an overarching umbrella for productive activities by the public and private sectors, industrial policies, capacity building and industrial support services aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Sudan’s industrial enterprises.

The programme covers six sectors: leather and leather good manufactories; fisheries; agriculture fertilizers; animal feed; food processing sector; fresh fruit and vegetables; groundnut and edible oil products; and cotton lint and spinning/textile. All projects will have a strong emphasis on sustainable, green industrial development, and a special focus on environmental protection and energy efficiency.

The Chairman of the Chambers of Industries Association, Nouraddin Al-Saeed, said: “The Industrial Modernization Programme represents one of the most important prorgrammes on our agenda at this stage. It is, in fact, of high importance when it comes to encouraging productive activities, strengthening the industrial policies and building institutional capacity in the industrial sector.”

Addressing the participants, the Acting Minister of Industry, Abdelwahid Yousif, said that “the Industrial Modernization Programme goes in line with the Tripartite Programme (2012-2014) designed and adopted to face the negative repercussions of the loss of oil revenues and to reinstate the internal and external balance of the economy and hence to re-establish sustainable development.”

UNIDO Representative to Sudan, Khaled El Mekwad, said that “in addition to individual interventions, UNIDO, as part of the United Nations Country Team, contributed to several collective activities, such as the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), where UNIDO is co-leading with FAO the pillar dealing with poverty reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods. This is in addition to the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission where UNIDO is co-leading, with the World Bank, the ‘Private Sector Development in Darfur’, where two concept notes on livelihood recovery and vocational training were developed”.

El Mekwad added that the bilateral cooperation with Sudan went beyond traditional technical cooperation delivery, as the Ministry of Industry entrusted UNIDO to co-organize, with the Government of Sudan, an industrial investment forum to be held next year.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the government, diplomatic missions, donors, the private sector and heads of UN agencies and the Chambers of Industries Association.

For more information, please contact:

Khaled El Mekwad
UNIDO Representative to Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen
Tel.: +249-183-460-342 (Office)

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