Germany and UNIDO reinforce partnership through strategic talks

Germany and UNIDO reinforce partnership through strategic talks

BERLIN, 26-27 November – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Germany have agreed to reinforce their partnership during high-level strategic talks in Berlin, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Both parties underlined the importance of each other as partners. They identified and discussed Aid for Trade investments and technology transfer, innovation and industry 4.0, climate change and environment, job and skills creation, and human security as potential areas for cooperation.

“Germany has been a solid supporter of UNIDO over the last decades. We pursue common objectives. By joining forces and taking our partnership to the next level we can accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for which only 10 years remain,” said UNIDO Director General LI Yong.

In a bilateral meeting, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Mueller reconfirmed his commitment to UNIDO and the partnership. The parties reiterated that progress to achieve the SDGs should be accelerated by working more closely together.

On the margins on the strategic dialogue, Li and Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Development Ministry, signed two funding agreements aimed at boosting job creation and training in Senegal and Ethiopia, and strengthening investment promotion and technology transfer.

Through one agreement, UNIDO will contribute to the German “Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation”. Senegal and Ethiopia are both priority countries for the German Federal Government's "Compact with Africa" and the UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) countries. Germany just recently organized a large investor’s conference around the Compact in Berlin. The UNIDO project, sponsored by BMZ to the tune of €8 million, is expected to create around 3,000 jobs and improve the working conditions of another 3,000 people.

"Strengthening the manufacturing sector locally; expanding sales and trading opportunities; creating skilled jobs – all this must belong together. We invest in Africa," said Barthle.

In addition, UNIDO and Germany agreed to continue the fruitful cooperation in the framework of the Investment and Promotion Office (ITPO) Germany for a period of three more years. The ITPO is a contact point for companies from developing countries and Germany alike and opens opportunities for investment and technology transfer of suitable technologies in developing countries.

“We have seen many points of convergence. A number of initiatives, plans and programmes exist to jointly advance common priorities and ultimately to produce impact on the ground and induce transformative change,” concluded Li at the end of the talks. 

For more information, contact:

Kai Bethke

UNIDO Director of the Department of External Relations