Lima Declaration December 2013
Lima Declaration, December 2013
First ISID Forum 23-24 June 2014
First ISID Forum, 23-24 June 2014
Second ISID Forum 4-5 November 2014
Second ISID Forum 4-5 November 2014
Third ISID Forum 14 July 2015
Third ISID Forum 14 July 2015
Fourth ISID Forum 30 November 2015
Fourth ISID Forum 30 November 2015
Fifth ISID Forum 14-15 November 2016
Fifth ISID Forum 14-15 November 2016
Sixth ISID Forum 27 November 2017
Sixth ISID Forum
Advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum 27 November 2018
Advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum
Seventh ISID Forum 3 November 2019
Seventh ISID Forum
Eighth ISID Forum 29 November 2021
Eighth ISID Forum

Eighth ISID Forum: Partnerships for Socio-Economic Recovery

Vienna, Austria (Vienna International Centre), 29 November 2021, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (CET)

UNIDO organizes regular forums on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). These forums bring together UNIDO Member States and partners to engage in a dialogue on various aspects of industrial development, exchange knowledge and best practices, and forge networks of collaboration for advancing ISID.

The Eighth ISID Forum featured an interactive discussion on “Partnerships for socio-economic recovery” in the context of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum took place on 29 November 2021 as part of the nineteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference. 

The recording of the forum in English is available here from 7:10:30. You can also watch it in other un languages.

The press release is available here.


The event featured opening remarks, a keynote speech, and one moderated high-level panel discussion (Davos-style).

Panel Discussion

Panellists discussed how multi-stakeholder approaches, such as the UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership (PCP), galvanize socio-economic recovery and contribute to countries’ efforts to build back better from COVID-19, in support of the UN Decade of Action.

The Forum brought together high-level government representatives from PCP countries to present their first-hand experiences and lessons learned, as well as partners from the UN development system, international and regional organizations, financial institutions, and other development actors to share their views.

Biographies of the Speakers

  • Opening remark

    Li Yong was Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 2013-2021. Before that he had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Li was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritized fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and medium-sized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    Keynote speech

    MAZZUCATO Mariana

    Professor in Economics of Innovation and Public Value; Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
    University College London (UCL)

    Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). She is winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize ... Read More

  • Rania A. Al-Mashat is Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation since December 2019. Prior to this appointment, she was the first woman to serve as Egypt’s Minister of Tourism between January 2018 and December 2019. Previous positions included Advisor to the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Sub-Governor for Monetary Pol... Read More

    Ahmed Shide is the Minister of Finance of Ethiopia. Prior to assuming his current function in 2018, Ahmed Shide served in various high-level positions within the Government of Ethiopia, including as Minister of Transport, Minister of Government Communication Affairs, and State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). ... Read More

    Chipoka Mulenga serves as the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry in the Government of the Republic of Zambia. In this role, Mulenga provides policy guidance on trade and industry to enhance the sectors’ contribution to sustainable socio-economic growth and development. Furthermore, Mulenga is responsible for the following portfolio: Industria... Read More


    Vice-Minister for SMEs and Industry
    Ministry of Production, Peru

    Lisel Huanca is the Vice-Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Industry at the Ministry of Production of Peru. She is an economist with more than 10 years of experience in public management, public and private investment, international cooperation, and budget and public planning. Previously, Huanca served as advisor to the Ministri... Read More

    Adama Baye Racine Ndiaye serves as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Industrial Development and Small and Medium Industry of the Government of Senegal since December 2017. He has been one of the main drivers of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) for Senegal, both on the policy and operational levels, with the responsibility, under t... Read More

    PIPER Robert

    Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination
    United Nations

    Robert Piper was appointed head of the United Nations (UN) Development Coordination Office by the UN Secretary-General in January 2019. He brings to the position nearly 30 years of experience in international development and peacebuilding in leadership positions within the United Nations. Most recently, Piper was Head of the Transition Team for the... Read More

    QUAYNOR Solomon

    Vice-President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization
    African Development Bank

    Solomon Quaynor is the Vice-President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization at the African Development Bank (AfDB). He joined AfDB in May 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in development finance and investment banking. From 2018 to 2020, after his tenure with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Quaynor wor... Read More

    KARHUNEN Antti

    Director for Sustainable Finance, Investment and Jobs; Economy that works for the People, Directorate-General for International Partnerships
    European Commission

    Antti Karhunen is the Director for Sustainable Finance, Investment and Jobs;Economy that works for the People, at the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission. Antti has 25 years of service within the European Commission. Most recently, he served as Principal Adviser at DG INTPA, focusing on trade... Read More

  • Folly joined Al Jazeera in 2010, having previously worked at the French news channel, France24 in Paris and Voice of America in Washington D.C. Folly has covered some of the world's biggest news stories including the 2004 tsunami, which devastated the southern regions of Asia, and the campaign and election of Barack Obama as President of the United... Read More

Key Questions Addressed:

  1. How can multi-stakeholder approaches that leverage the complementary resources and initiatives of various partners help countries recover from COVID-19 and reboot progress towards the realization of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals?

  2. How does the PCP support Member States in advancing socio-economic recovery through inclusive and sustainable industrialization?

  3. How can UNIDO’s expertise in digitalization, circular economy and structural transformation help countries to build back better?

More Information

For more information on the PCPs, click here.