Evolving partnerships through the PCP, focus of UNIDO’s Sixth ISID Forum

Evolving partnerships through the PCP, focus of UNIDO’s Sixth ISID Forum

VIENNA, 27 November 2017 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today held its Sixth Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) Forum on the sidelines of the Organization’s 17th General Conference. The event discussed some of the key features of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) model, the progress achieved in Ethiopia, Senegal and Peru, and the gradual roll-out of new PCPs.

UNIDO launched the first PCPs in 2014 in Ethiopia and Senegal, and in December 2015 added a third pilot, Peru. The PCP aims to accelerate industrial development through a multi-stakeholder partnership approach, building synergies with various interventions and focusing on leveraging additional investment in priority industrial sectors or areas.

“The PCP brings together different national ministries – from industry to finance, to agriculture and environment – with development partners around the same table, to create more synergy between the different interventions that support inclusive and sustainable industrial development. This cooperation platform is essential for ensuring the effective coordination of resources − be it finance, technology or expertise – the key elements needed for the realization of large-scale industrial development projects,” said UNIDO Director General, LI Yong, at the ISID Forum. Li stressed that each programme is owned and led by the host government and aims to support a country in achieving its long-term industrial development goals.

The event also served to introduce Cambodia and the Kyrgyz Republic as new pilots. By expanding the model to additional countries, UNIDO will cover each geographical region of the world and thus complete the piloting phase. The last pilot will be introduced in the Arab region in 2018. Recommendations and lessons learned from the independent mid-term evaluation conducted in 2017 will be incorporated into a gradual roll-out to additional countries.

Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia, said, “For us, the PCP is particularly timely as the country has recently graduated from low-income to lower middle-income, thus is shifting from grant-funded to loan-funded development support and therefore seeking stronger partnership with financial institutions, which is a key component of the PCP approach.”

A joint declaration on PCP Cambodia, as well as a new partnership agreement between UNIDO and the Eurasian Development Bank aimed at strengthening partnerships, including within the framework of the new PCPs, will be signed this week during the General Conference. Programme development will commence next year.

Titled, “The PCP approach − Evolving Partnerships for Greater Impact”, the Sixth ISID Forum was attended by over 450 participants, including government representatives of existing and new pilot PCPs, as well as partners from financial institutions and the business sector. The event was moderated by the radio and television journalist, Zeinab Badawi.

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Ciyong ZOU


UNIDO Department of Partnerships and Results Monitoring