Wednesday, 30 November 2011

UNIDO demonstrates best practices in industrial zone development to Iraqi officials

AMMAN, 30 November 2011 – Exposure to best practices and strengthening of regional cooperation in the area of industrial zone development was the focus of a study tour organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Jordan this week.

Throughout the three-day event, related experience in Jordan was accurately analyzed in order to identify key concepts and tools that could inspire further developments in Iraq. Particular attention was paid to the legal and institutional frameworks and the development and management models that have been developed in the country over the last three decades.

“It is expected that this study tour in Jordan, whose experience in developing industrial zones has been characterized by a well-balanced partnership between public and private sectors, will contribute to ongoing efforts towards the definition of a national roadmap for the sustainable development of industrial zones in Iraq and to the promotion of regional cooperation and knowledge sharing initiatives in this area,” said UNIDO Country Programme Coordinator, Cristiano Pasini.

Government of Iraq officials expressed their gratitude to their Jordanian counterparts and interlocutors and to UNIDO which has been called to pursue its support to the revitalization of the industrial sector in Iraq.  

The study tour is part of a wider UNIDO project aimed at enhancing investments to Iraq through the development of industrial zones. Initiated upon a request from the Government of Iraq and with financial support from the Government of Italy, the project is aimed at promoting investments, creating an enabling business environment for foreign and domestic investors and revitalizing the private sector.

The study tour gathered ten high-level representatives from the Prime Minister Advisory Committee, the Ministries of Planning and Industry, the National Investment Commission and the Kurdistan Regional Government and comprised meetings with Jordanian public and private institutions and a series of industrial site visits.

For more information on the project, please contact:

Mr. Tidiane Boye
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer

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