2019 Sep. 25 06:00 AM
2019 Sep. 25 08:00 AM


Delegates Dining Room, 4th Floor United Nations Headquarters New York


UNIDO, AUC, UNECA, AfDB, ITU, the AfroChampions Initiative, Afreximbank

IDDA 3: Promoting innovation and infrastructure development: A pathway for boosting manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution



The theme of the high-level event will be “Promoting innovation and infrastructure development: A pathway for boosting manufacturing in Africa in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The importance of innovation and infrastructure (traditional and modern) for economic growth and development in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is widely recognized. Exponential technological progress puts high premium on local innovation capabilities for job and income generation through creation of new activities, innovative and green technologies, new opportunities for the inclusion of women and youth in real economy and for increased productivity, thus for realizing higher levels of environmental, economic and social returns. Physical infrastructure, traditional and modern, as well as quality infrastructure enables flow of goods, services, knowledge, and information to realize economies of scale and scope, and enhance competitiveness through reduction of production costs, division of labour in value chains and access to markets.



The objectives of the event are to:

(a) Discuss and highlight key elements required to promote innovation and infrastructure in favor of boosting manufacturing in Africa.

(b) Reflect on innovative ways of leveraging global partnerships within the IDDA III framework to maximize support for innovation and infrastructure development in Africa.

(c) Identify current and potential sectors that provide opportunities for stakeholders on the ground to circumvent traditional paths in industrial development using modern technology such as Industry 4.0.

(d) Discuss ideas to mobilize financial and non-financial resources to support interventions in infrastructure development within the IDDA III framework for maximum effect.



The event will be held in the form of a breakfast meeting in the margins of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. It will be co-hosted by UNIDO, the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the AfroChampions Initiative, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The event will be officially opened by the President-elect of the UNGA (tbc) and remarks will be provided by heads of co-organizing institutions.


Expected Participants

The High-Level event will bring together Africa’s industrial development stakeholders including African Heads of State/Government (selected IDDA III Champions); Ministers; high-level representative from the African Union Commission; heads of organizing agencies; UN agencies; heads of African regional organizations; private sector representatives; representatives of development and/or financial institutions and banks part-nering with African countries; representatives of the donor community; civil society and non-governmental organizations; academia and media.


Expected Outcomes

(a) High-level consensus on key elements to support the development and/or enhancement of efforts focused on the promotion of innovation and infrastructure development in favour of boosting Africa’s manufacturing sector.

(b) High-level consensus on innovative ways of leveraging global partnerships within the IDDA III framework to support innovation and infrastructure development in Africa.

For further information on IDDA 3, please visit IDDA 3 information platform.  

Concept Note - IDDA 3 High-level event, 25 September 2019


Find UNIDO's engagement during the high-level week of the 74th Session of the UNGA here.