BRUSSELS, 12 June 2019 – With the support of the African Union Commission’s Department of Trade and Industry, the Permanent Mission of the African Union in Belgium organized a sensitization workshop on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 44 of the 55 Member States of the African Union signed in Kigali the agreement to create a single market for goods and services.

GENEVA, 10 June 2019 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will take an active part in the forthcoming Aid for Trade Global Review 2019, which will take place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva from 3 to 5 July 2019 under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment”. This year’s theme is of particular relevance to UNIDO given industry’s role in economic diversification as well as in creating decent employment opportunities for women and youth.

VIENNA, 7 June 2019 - The slowdown in global manufacturing growth evident since the end of 2017 continued in the first quarter of 2019. Emerging trade and tariff barriers involving the United States and China, as well as the European Union, have exposed markets to a significant amount of uncertainty, which in turn has affected investment and future growth.

SAINT-PETERSBURG, 6 June 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum established under the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, organized a panel session on ‘Women executives in building successful business models’ on the first day of the 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

MOSCOW, 5 June 2019 – a delegation from UNIDO led by its Director General LI Yong held fruitful bilateral meetings in Moscow to discuss achievements and challenges related to ongoing technical cooperation projects and potential areas for new joint activities.
VANCOUVER, 27 May 2019 – With the support of UNIDO, six clean energy entrepreneurs were able to pitch their projects at the Private Financing Advisory Network’s (PFAN) and Mission Innovation’s (MI) Clean Energy Investment Forum, which was held in conjunction with the Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-4).

BOGOTA, 3 June 2019 - With the objective of strengthening quality and raising compliance with international standards to increase its exportable supply, 470 companies in the chemical industry, in addition to 126 laboratories and entities such as the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC), the National Metrology Institute (INM) and the National Accreditation Body of Colombia (ONAC), will be part of the Global Quality and Standards Programme, whose agreement was formalized on 22 May 2019 in Bogota.

Surabaya, Indonesia, 27 May 2019 - Low quality; lack of standards compliance; and high prices are among the key impediments that prevent the export of Indonesian pangasius. This changed today, when PT. Adib Global Food - one of the partners of the SECO-funded SMART-Fish programme that is jointly implemented by UNIDO and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) - successfully shipped almost 200 tons of frozen pangasius fillet, valued at USD472,000, to Saudi Arabia.

VIENNA, 30 May 2019 – The International Conference ‘Ensuring Industrial Safety: the role of governments, regulations, standards and new technologies’, which is co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Rostechnadzor, the Russian Federation’s supervisory body on ecological, technological, and nuclear issues, started its deliberations today at the Vienna International Centre.

TOKYO, 28 May 2019 – Foreign investment offers a useful entry point for integration into global value chains (GVCs). It also offers a host of technology and financial resources that may bring tangible benefits to domestic firms and industries. However, FDI attraction is not without its challenges amid intensifying competition for foreign investment.