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Cooperation Activities in China

Other UNIDO partnership centres include:

UNIDO-Shenzhen International Technology Promotion and Innovation Centre

Objective: Promotion of High Technology and Cooperation Partnership for Sustainable Development

Promotion of new technology and cooperation partnership has been on the top agenda of many developing countries in order to foster sustainable development.  An UNIDO-Shenzhen International Technology Promotion and Innovation Centre will be established under this project to address the concern of China and other developing countries for development of hi-tech industries, investment financing, technology identification and adaptation, manpower training, and information network system, etc., in the fields of energy and environment.  The project will serve as a useful platform to promote technology cooperation, policy dialogue, experience exchange, information dissemination and institution network between South-South and North-South countries.

Shanghai International IT Promotion Centre (IITPC)

Objective: Enhancing IT Cooperation and Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific Region

The project is aimed at promoting IT cooperation and technology partnerships among cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The project will provide institutional support to the establishment of the Shanghai International IT Promotion Centre (IITPC). At the same time, the project will address issues faced by the principal IT institutions in the participating cities in the region through the following substantive activities: (1) conduct a series of studies on the IT infrastructure and development needs for the selected cities in the Asia-Pacific region; (2) organize and sponsor IT technology and business promotion events; and (3) organize IT training programmes to meet the needs of IT researchers and engineers, with special emphasis on low income countries in the region.

International Centre on Small Hydro Power (IC-SHP)

The project primarily aims at strengthening the capacities of the International Centre for Small Hydropower (IC-SHP) for promoting small hydropower for productive uses in selected countries, particularly in Africa. The project would focus on those developing countries in the Africa region that have abundant small hydropower resources and at the same time large rural populations which are yet to be connected to the power grid.

The project would use the expertise available at the International Centre for Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) for identifying potential SHP sites and preparing detailed feasibility studies in selected countries in Africa. In particular, the project would address the need for a wider international involvement of ICSHP, and strengthening its role in assisting the developing countries in small hydro power technology acquisition, transfer and adoption, capacity building, and investment promotion.

International Centre for Promotion and Transfer of Solar Energy (ISEC)

The project primarily aims at strengthening the capacities of the International Centre for Small Hydropower (IC-SHP) for promoting small hydropower for productive uses in selected countries, particularly in Africa. The project would focus on those developing countries in the Africa region that have abundant small hydropower resources and at the same time large rural populations which are yet to be connected to the power grid.

The project would use the expertise available at the International Centre for Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) for identifying potential SHP sites and preparing detailed feasibility studies in selected countries in Africa. In particular, the project would address the need for a wider international involvement of ICSHP, and strengthening its role in assisting the developing countries in small hydro power technology acquisition, transfer and adoption, capacity building, and investment promotion. In addition, UNIDO would help in building capacities at ICSHP in planning small hydropower projects in selected developing countries for augmenting on/off grid rural electrification for productive uses. To begin with, the project would focus on five countries in the Africa region for identifying and preparation of detailed feasibility studies at potential small hydropower sites for augmenting on/off grid rural electrification and linking energy services to promote productive uses and income generation activities. The participating countries will be selected on the basis of availability of small hydro resources, willingness to cooperate and support SHPs, and potential for productive uses. The identification of financing and investment opportunities for developing small hydropower projects in these countries will be one of the key objectives of the project. In addition, under South-South Cooperation Framework, the project will try to mobilize resources and use technology, expertise and resources from China and other countries to promote small hydropower projects linking with productive uses in Africa.

International Centre for Materials Technology Promotion (ICM)

Sustainable development has become the global development strategy in the 21st century. Governments have to pay more attention to the protection of environment, energy savings, and the comprehensive utilization of natural resources.  The materials sector of industry, as one of the most polluting sources, has to meet these global requirements. There is a general trend in this context to adopt advanced technologies and eliminate outdated production lines that heavily pollute the environment. The majority of problems developing countries face today are of a technological nature, and can be solved through promotion, transfer, commercialization, adaptation, and diffusion of new technologies and innovations, particularly in the materials sector of industry. This will also require the encouragement and promotion of new investments into the production sector.

The new International Centre for Materials Technology Promotion (ICM) will be established to provide a springboard for new technologies and innovations bridging the gap between the market demand, industry needs in new technologies, and the existing technology base.  It will assist the developing countries in enhancing their technological performance in the materials sector of industry and promote international cooperation and technology transfer for sustainable industrial development.