Sixth ISID Forum – PCP Approach: Evolving partnerships for greater impact

Date: Monday, 27 November 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Venue: Plenary Hall (M-building, first floor)


Provide a platform to highlight the key features and value proposition of the PCP model, and to discuss the way forward for the PCP as an evolving partnership framework for greater development impact.


The Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) is UNIDO’s multi-stakeholder partnership model aimed at accelerating Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) under the strong leadership of the national government. A PCP supports the achievement of national industrialization goals, with a focus on a few priority industrial sectors or areas. It is aligned with the national development strategy of the benefitting country and focuses on creating synergies with ongoing partner programmes relevant to ISID. It is also aligned with the priorities of financial institutions that provide credit lines for large-scale infrastructure development and financing for private investment

The PCP is currently being piloted in Ethiopia, Senegal and Peru. In order to gain experience from all geographical regions, the Organization is in the process of rolling out the PCP to the Arab region, Central Asia and South-East Asia.

The PCP supports countries in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development and attaining the SDGs, with a focus on multi-stakeholder partnerships. From a substantive point of view, the PCP differs from the traditional Country Programmes through a stronger country analysis; a proactive engagement with international financial institutions (IFIs), development finance institutions and the business sector; a much stronger positioning of UNIDO at the core of the host country’s industrial policymaking; and a focus on assisting the government in coordinating flows of resources from public investment (possibly with the support of IFIs) and private investment.

Against this backdrop, the Sixth ISID Forum will:

1.Highlight the key features and the value proposition of the PCP as an innovative partnership framework; and

2. Demonstrate the current progress of the PCPs, emphasizing the PCP as an evolving partnership framework for creating greater development impact.

The Forum will consist of two sessions, each with keynote remarks and moderated discussions.


Zeinab Badawi
International Broadcaster
Zeinab Badawi is a renowned and award winning television and radio journalist and presenter working for BBC.

First session: Keynote Remarks

Wang Shouwen
Vice Minister of Commerce
Government of the People’s Republic of China
Prior being appointed to his current role in 2015, Wang Shouwen served in various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic cooperation and the Ministry of Commerce. His most recent roles in the Ministry of Commerce include the Director General of the Department of Foreign Trade and Assistant Minister of Commerce.
Mahmoud Mohieldin
Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnership
World Bank Group
Before joining the World Bank, Mohieldin held numerous senior positions in the government of Egypt, including Minister of Investment from 2004 until 2010. He also served on several boards of directors, including the Central Bank of Egypt. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Mohieldin is a professor of economics and finance at Cairo University and an honorary professor at Durham University.

First session: Panelists

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.
Marco Velarde Bravo
Vice Minister of SME and Industry
Government of Republic of Peru
Prior to his current role, Marco Velarde Bravo served as the head of the Ministry of Industry’s advisory cabinet, and advisor to the General Directorate of Youth in the Ministry of Education. Velarde Bravo also has experience in development finance, as he also served as an official at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC.
Yatma Mody Ndiaye
Director of Cabinet, Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Industry
Government of the Republic of Senegal
As a certified expert in the Senegalese Order of Experts, he has been a consultant and lecturer for several years before taking up the position of Director of Cabinet in several ministries since 2002.
Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz
Senior Vice President, Global General Manager Public Services
Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz is the Senior Vice President responsible for SAP’s global Public Services, including of public sector, higher education and research and defence and security. Groegor-Cechowicz has a strong industry background in services for variety of industries, including of Oil & Gas, of Energy and Natural Resources, and of Public Services. Prior to her current role, Groegor-Cechowicz served as the Vice President of SAP’s Oil & Gas business unit.
Zhang Huarong
Huajian Group
Prior to his current position, Zhang Huarong successively served as Chairman and General Manager of Nanchang Hufang Shoe factory, Jiangxi Huajian Shoes Co., Ltd, Huajian International (Hong Kong) Industrial Company and Dongguan Huajian Shoes Co., Ltd. Zhang has held many social positions including: member of the national committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, President of the Asia Footwear Association, Executive President of Footwear Manufacturers Association of Guangdong Province and Vice President of World Dongguan Merchants Association. He holds an EMBA from Jiangxi Finance University, China.
Gianluca Grandi
Minister Plenipotentiary, Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Government of the Italian Republic
Grandi held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving at the Directorate General for Political Affairs, at the Directorate General for Global Affairs and at the Press and Information Department. He dealt mainly with multilateralism, International Organizations and bilateral relations with Asian Countries. Currently, he serves at the Directorate General for Development Cooperation, where he is in charge of the partnership with the private sector.

Second session: Keynote Remarks

Uttama Savanayana
Minister of Industry
Government of the Kingdom of Thailand
Prior to his current role, Savanayana served as the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Vice Minister of Commerce, Vice Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Advisor to the Minister of Finance. Holding a PhD, Minister Savanayana also held several high-level roles in Bangkok University, including of the President and Member of the Board of the Trustees, Member of the Board of Executives, and Executive Vice President.
Gennadiy Mikhailovich Gatilov
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Government of the Russian Federation
Gatilov is responsible for a broad range of multilateral diplomatic matters related to Russia’s participation in the UN, its specialized agencies for international economic, environmental and humanitarian cooperation, and human rights; its UNESCO-related issues; and its interstate cooperation in sport, tourism and culture. Prior to his current role, Gatilov held a variety of diplomatic roles, including Director of the Department of International Organizations, Senior Adviser at the UN Secretary-General’s Executive Office, and First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.

Second Session: Panelists

Cham Prasidh
Senior Minister and Minister of Industry and Handicraft
Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Prior to appointment of his current role in 2013, Prasidh served as the Minister of Commerce for 15 years. Prasidh also had extensive high-level roles, including of the Chief Negotiator for Cambodia's Accession to the World Trade Organization, ASEAN Economic Minister for Cambodia, and ASEM Economic Minister for Cambodia.
Ulanbek Ryskulov
Chairman, State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic
Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
Prior to his current position, Ulanbek Ryskulov headed JSC Kyrgyzneftegaz and the Department of the State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. He also held managerial positions in the companies JSC Sevvodielektrostroy, JSC Rovnoe and Image Plus.
Debra Kertzman
Representative, European Representative Office
Asian Development Bank
Prior to her current role, Kertzman served as the Director of the ADB’s Strategy, Policy and Interagency Relations Division for 13 years. Kertzman holds a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Doctor of Law from the Columbus School of Law, and a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Government from Boston University.
Gao Hongbing
Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of AliResearch
Alibaba Group
Gao Hongbing is a member of the council of the Center for Informatization Study and a professor at the Zhejiang Provincial Party School and the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong. Gao has extensive experience in drafting informatization development strategies, internet regulations and policies. Prior to joining Alibaba, Gao served as a member of policy and strategic council of many companies, including of Huawei, Tencent, and Baidu.
Paolo Dal Santo
Education Business Development Manager in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Dal Santo has over 20 years of international experience on sales and business development with extensive knowledge in B2B, online and retail sales channels.
Philippe Scholtès
Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Philippe Scholtès joined UNIDO in 1988. He has since served in various capacities including as Director of the Agribusiness Development Department, UNIDO Representative in Viet Nam and Regional Director for South Asia in India. Scholtès holds a Master of Science in engineering from the Institut supérieur industriel du Luxembourg and a Master of Science in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain.

For more information, please contact:

Ganna Onysko

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Department of Partnerships and Results Monitoring

Tel: +43 1 26026 3647


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