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India assures DG of continued support for UNIDO initiatives

Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), met the Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Mr. Anand Sharma in New Delhi on Thursday 2 February 2012. During the meeting, the Minister assured the DG of the continued support of Government of India for UNIDO initiatives.

The Minister briefed the UNIDO head about India’s renewed focus on manufacturing and mentioned the recently announced National Manufacturing Policy target of taking the share of manufacturing in India’s GDP to over 25 per cent. “ UNIDO’s Country Programme for India should take into account the focus and emphasis on manufacturing (in the National Manufacturing Policy)”, Mr. Sharma said. The Indian Minister informed that Indian industrial development had identified manufacturing, cluster development and upgradation of infrastructure as the growth drivers.

Both the leaders emphasised the need to strengthen south-south cooperation and discussed ways in which the Indian experience could help the least developed countries, especially in Africa. Mr. Sharma briefed the DG about Indian initiatives in Africa in the fields of capacity building, health and information technology (IT).

The DG said there was a need to go beyond the paradigm of aid money to bring about structural transformation. He emphasised that India along with countries of the South should have deeper debate on what constitutes poverty reduction and wealth creation. Dr. Yumkella also invited Mr. Sharma to Vienna to address the UNIDO Industrial Development Board.

Dated 3 February 2012