IDDA3: Helping Africa leapfrog its industrial development

Date: Thursday, 30 November 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Boardroom A (M-building, second floor)


Building on the momentum gained through the high level event on 21 September which was co-organized by UNIDO, AUC, UNECA AfDB and OOSA, in the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly and which was titled “Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (2016-2025): From Political commitment to actions on the ground,” the side event will deliberate on how best to operationalize and implement IDDA III and take stock of the progress made by various stakeholders in IDDA III implementation. It will also discuss key elements and best practices for partnerships to enhance Africa’s industrialization within the IDDA III framework.

Overall the event is expected to arrive at some concrete outcomes to guide the operationalization of IDDA III. The event is also expected to increase visibility and strengthen co-operation and partnership in the development and implementation of the decade’s programmes and projects which are important and necessary for the achievement of higher development impact.

Expected Outcomes

1. Appreciation of best approaches and practices/strategies for the operationalization and implementation of IDDA III.

2. Identification of key elements and best practices for partnerships to enhance Africa’s industrialization within the IDDA III framework. The event will consist of two parts and will be moderated by a renowned media personality.


Yalda Hakim
International Broadcaster
Yalda Hakim is an award winning anchor and foreign correspondent working for BBC World News.

Opening Remarks

LI Yong
Director General
LI Yong has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker throughout which he has accorded great importance to fiscal and financial measures in favour of agricultural development and small and medium-sized enterprises, the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality.
Marie Chatardová (video message)
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Marie Chatardová was elected seventy-third President of the Economic and Social Council on 27 July 2017. Ambassador Chatardová is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York.
Amirou Elhadj Zaneidou
Minister of Industry
Prior to his current position, Amirou Elhadj Zaneidou was working in the Ministry of Agriculture and he participated in the development and search for financing of various development programs. He also held the position of General Manager of the Nigerian National Transport Company (SNTN).
Maria de Jesus Ferreira
Ambassador of Angola and Chair of the African Group
Maria de Jesus dos Reis Ferreira is the Ambassador of the Republic of Angola in Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia, and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. She is also Chair of the African Group.
José Graziano da Silva (video message)
Director General
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
José Graziano da Silva has been the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since January 2012. He has worked on food security, rural development, and agriculture issues for over 30 years, most notably as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger (Fome Zero) programme.

Panel 1: Policy Imperatives for the IDDAIII Implementation

Ahmed Abtew
Minister of Industry
Government of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Minister Abtew has over 20 years of experience in high-level positions. He is the former Deputy Governor of the Amhara Regional State and Head of the Bureau of Industry and Urban Development. The Minister has also worked as Head of Finance and Economic Development, Trade Industry, and Urban Development.
Marcel Ilunga Leu
Minister of Industry
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since his appointment as Minister of Industry in May 2017, Marcel Ilunga Leu has strongly supported the promotion of the multi-sectorial industrialization of DRC.
Musa Mohamed Krama Hamid
Minister of Industry
Musa Mohamed Krama Hamid assumed his position as Minister of Industry of Sudan in May 2017. He greatly emphasizes the role of industry as the backbone of the Sudanese economy.
Oliver J. M. Chinganya
Director of the African Center for Statistics
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Oliver Chinganya is a chartered statistician with more than 28 years of experience in statistical development in Africa, including in supporting and developing demand from users of statistical and economic information and in negotiating with international agencies and development partners.
Neil Pierre
Chief of the Policy Coordination Branch
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Neil Pierre is responsible for coordinating preparations for the ECOSOC Integration Segment and High-level Segment, as well as for providing substantive support to the ECOSOC Bureau and the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly.

Panel 2: Strategies for IDDAIII Implementation

Hiroshi Kuniyoshi
Deputy to the Director General
Hiroshi Kuniyoshi is the Deputy to the Director General and the Managing Director of External Relations and Field Representation at UNIDO. He was previously Head of the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked closely with Japanese industries in areas related to technology transfer and investments to developing countries.
Izeduwa Derex-Briggs
Regional Director for the East and South Africa Region
UN Women
Izeduwa Derex-Briggs is UN Women’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. She is a medical doctor by profession and has extensive experience in development work. She has previously served as UN Women country representative in South Sudan and Liberia.
Mario Pezzini
OECD Development Centre
Mario Pezzini is the Director of the OECD Development Centre. The Centre helps policymakers in OECD and partner countries find innovative solutions to the global challenges of development.
Thierry Mutombo Kalonji
Director of Industry and Agriculture
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
As Director of Industry and Agriculture, Kalonji works with members and partners to increase industrial productivity and competitiveness, and agricultural production in COMESA countries.
Xianwen Pan
Chongqing Sansheng Industrial Company
Xianwen Pan is the Chairman of the Chongqing Sansheng Industrial Co. Ltd, an enterprise which focuses on the development, manufacture and sales of new environmental protection building materials and sulfuric acids. The company is also involved in the provision of medical fields.
Erich Thewanger
Partner and Advisor
Erich Thewanger is a tax and business consultant, partner and advisor at KPMG. He focuses on cooperation with public companies in the areas of commercial consulting, such as public private partnerships (PPP), project management and risk management, as well as real estate.

Panel 3: Partnerships and Resource Mobilization for IDDAIII

Hippolyte Fofack
Chief Economist/Director Research and International Cooperation
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
Hippolyte Fofack is a research economist with over 15 years of experience in academia and international development. He is associate editor of the Journal of African Development and editorial board member of the Journal of African Trade.
Eun-Ju Kim
Chief of the Innovation and Partnership Department and Administrator for ICT Development Fund
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
In her current capacities, Eun-Ju Kim is responsible for ITU’s Telecommunication Development Sector membership, partnership, resource mobilization, innovation, study groups, and ICT Development Funds. She was previously Regional Director of ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific based in Thailand.
Luc Christiaensen
Lead Economist, Jobs Group
World Bank
Luc Christiaensen is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa region of the World Bank. He takes a keen interest in issues related to poverty and food security, rural-urban transformation, and project impact evaluation.
Alhassane Haidara
Officer-in-charge, Industrial and Trade Development Division
African Development Bank
Prior to his current position, Alhassane Haidara was the Chief Investment Officer in the Industries and Services Division at the African Development Bank, where he was responsible for originating, structuring and executing transactions in the mining and other industrial sectors.
Ciyong ZOU
Director, Department of Partnerships and Results Monitoring
Prior to joining UNIDO in 2013, Ciyong ZOU was Deputy Director General of the International Department in China's Ministry of Finance. He also held a number of other positions, including Alternate Chief Negotiator for China during the negotiations surrounding the establishment of a BRICS-led Development Bank in 2013, Alternate to the Chinese Executive Director at the World Bank from 2010 to 2011, as well as Global Environmental Facility Operational Focal Point for China from 2008 to 2009.

For more information, please contact:

Edme Koffi


UNIDO Regional Division - Africa


Matilda Muweme

Programme Officer

UNIDO Regional Division - Africa


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