International agencies

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Under a UNIDO-WTO agreement signed in 2003 to help nine developing countries build up capacities for the production and export of competitive goods, a workshop was organized for the development stakeholders in each of the countries, during which key technical cooperation needs were identified. The two organizations have also been discussing how UNIDO, through its field presence, can assist WTO in service delivery at the country level. The focus of UNIDO is on the development of production capacities and the infrastructure for conformity with technical requirements; the task of WTO is to support the integration of the countries in question in the global trading system.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

UNIDO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby UNIDO will post staff at FAO headquarters to develop closer links between the two agencies. TC projects in specific areas that rely on the complementary activities of the two organizations - agro-based industrial processing and commercially competitive biofuels - will have a much larger impact than individual and separate projects. FAO is also involved in the UNIDO-World Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Cotton Programme in Africa. This programme, which cooperates with the African Cotton Association and the International Cotton Advisory Committee, and in which 11 African countries participate, is expected to increase exports of this major African crop by 20% to 40% in the medium term.

Other agencies

Other agencies with which UNIDO is cooperating include the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).


Signing of MoU
Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO and Mr. J. Diouf, FAO