Wednesday, 02 March 2011

UNIDO boosts South-South Cooperation through technology transfer from Thailand to Viet Nam

HANOI CITY, 2 March 2011 – The transfer of environmentally sound technologies from Thailand to Vietnam is the aim of a new project supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

USD 2.6 million was allocated to Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) from the GEF to facilitate this South-South Technology Transfer.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade will lead the four-year USD 7.8 million project, which will be tentatively co-financed by the Viet Nam Development Bank and the state-owned, oil-marketing company PV Oil.

The technology transfer will focus on the ethanol production sector, using the perennial shrub cassava.

The initial phase of the project will focus on removing technological barriers, and innovation under the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer. It will close with a regional workshop on 9 and 10 May in Bangkok.

“We welcome this initiative from Thailand through UNIDO/GEF. Thailand has used gasohol for more than 10 years, while in Viet Nam, we are just starting. We are keen to lean more about ethanol production technology and cassava plantation techniques from Thailand”, said Nguyen Phu Cuong, Deputy Director General of Science & Technology Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam.

The Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer was welcomed by the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and it is being managed by the GEF.

It aims to scale up the level of investment in technology transfer to help developing countries address their needs for environmentally sound technologies.

UNIDO is one of the GEF’s implementing agencies and with its mandate in low carbon-industrial development and strong experience in South-South Cooperation, UNIDO is committed to work closely with both Vietnamese and Thai counterparts to bring the project into fruition.

For more information, please contact:
UNIDO Country Office Viet Nam
Thi My Hoang Nguyen

UNIDO Regional Office in Bangkok
Sooksiri Chamsuk

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