KHARTOUM, 28 April 2012— The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Kandeh K. Yumkella, is meeting with government ministers and representatives of the private sector to discuss technical assistance for the modernization of priority industrial sectors in Sudan.
During the three-day visit, Yumkella will meet with the ministers of industry, international cooperation, oil, science and technology, and foreign affairs, with representatives of the Sudanese Chamber of Industries Association and with representatives of other international and regional organizations. Talks will focus on proposed UNIDO technical cooperation to help modernize the six priority sectors identified by the government of Sudan: leather, fishing, edible oils, cotton and textiles, food, and agricultural machinery.
Also included in the itinerary is a meeting with the Soybean Group from the vegetable oils unit of the Agricultural Research Corporation, which has begun using seeds originally from countries such as Egypt, Brazil and Nigeria to produce seeds adapted to local conditions. The edible oils sector has good investment opportunities, and development programmes can potentially be linked to existing projects on investment and technology promotion. The UNIDO Director-General will also meet with representatives of the DAL Group, the largest and most diversified conglomerate in Sudan.
In addition, Yumkella will discuss the possibility of UNIDO technical cooperation in the framework of South-South cooperation to improve the competitiveness of Sudan’s marble and granite sector, and projects to modernize the country’s leather tanneries and to improve the sustainability of fishing cooperatives in the Red Sea state in north-eastern Sudan.
The UNIDO Director-General will also visit the Halfayat Vocational and Technical Training Centre, established by UNIDO, in cooperation with the European Commission, as part of UNIDO’s Youth Entrepreneurship Development programme.
For more information, please contact:
Kassahun A. Tesemma
UNIDO Representative to Sudan, Djibouti & Yemen
Tel.: +249-183-460-342 (Office)