South-South Industrial Cooperation Centres
In the current context of globalization, developing countries are faced with the twin challenges of withstanding competitive pressures for efficiency gains and achieving the global development agenda underpinned by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
To tackle the new challenges in trade and investment promotion and industrial development, new institutions and systems are needed; UNIDO has responded with a project to launch UNIDO South-South Industrial Cooperation (UCSSIC) Centres in some of the more advanced developing countries like India and China.
If the rise of countries in the South is to be harnessed for the mutual benefit of all, it calls for a qualitative enhancement of South-South cooperation. These centers seek to achieve this by identifying and mobilizing the technical, financial, managerial, and other resources required for projects and programmes. The UCSSIC Technical Cooperation projects fall within the SSC framework by fostering partnerships with Southern countries across all of the UNIDO mandated areas of expertise. Given the encouraging progress made by both the UCSSIC India and UCSSIC China, plans are underway for similar centers in Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, South Africa and Brazil.