Two significant advancements were made this week as part of UNIDOs work to support the green recovery and sustainable industrial development of Ukraine. First, on 27 June, UNIDO and the Government of Ukraine held a virtual kick-off meeting of the jointly- established National Coordination Body for the green recovery and sustainable industrial development of Ukraine. It marked the beginning of the implementation of the UNIDO project “Industrial capacity-building, policy advice and diagnostics for the green recovery of Ukraine” funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany. Recovery in Ukraine must be sustainable, inclusive, and above all responsive to the needs of the country. Coordination of the efforts of UNIDO in Ukraine will be key to ensuring that all interventions meet those pressing needs.
By bringing together all the line ministries of Ukraine and other partners relevant to the programme’s components, UNIDO and Ukraine are able to ensure a high level of intra-governmental coordination and national ownership. The co-chair of the National Coordination Body, and Deputy Minister for European Integration at the Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, H.E. Mr. Sergiy Boyev, said that he “looks forward to engaging closely with UNIDO to incorporate UNIDOs unique expertise in to the long term recovery plan of Ukraine.” The meeting also featured a presentation of the activities that are already underway in Ukraine.
A key part of the efforts of UNIDO in Ukraine centers on the provision of industrial policy capacity building. This week also saw a milestone in that effort: the first in a series of industrial policy workshops for Ukrainian stakeholders. This workshop brought together a core of Ukrainian ministry representatives together with experienced industrial policy experts to discuss best practices in policy design, strategy development, monitoring, and stakeholder engagement. The location of the meeting, in Warsaw, Poland, also provided an opportunity to learn firsthand from the remarkable economic transition that Poland has undergone in the last 30 years and to see how the lessons from that experience can be applied to Ukraine.
Listening and learning, in industrial development, are two-way processes. UNIDO listens carefully to learn the needs and requirements of its partners, and also provides opportunities for the listening and learning of others. Through this combination, and with strong engagement of partners, UNIDO supports Ukraine in rebuilding its industry greener and more resilient.
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