Government representatives from ongoing PCPs discuss their experiences and vision for the future at advanced session of UNIDO’s Seventh ISID Forum

Government representatives from ongoing PCPs discuss their experiences and vision for the future at advanced session of UNIDO’s Seventh ISID Forum

VIENNA, 27 November 2018 – High-level government representatives of the six ongoing Programmes for Country Partnership (PCPs) talked about their first-hand experiences and achievements as well as vision for the future, at an advanced session of the Seventh Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) Forum held today in Vienna. The event was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on the sidelines of the forty-sixth session of the Organization's Industrial Development Board.

“UNIDO operationalizes the PCP first and foremost as a partnership, one that is owned and led by the respective country. The PCP approach strives to scale up the impact of our technical interventions by leveraging public finance and private investment in key sectors, those that generate jobs and help national economies grow,” said UNIDO Director General, LI Yong, as he opened the event.

There are currently six ongoing PCPs − Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Peru and Senegal − all at different stages of development. For 2019, the UNIDO Secretariat agreed, in principle, to initiate the programme formulation for four new PCPs: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Rwanda and Zambia.

Important milestones have already been achieved in the development of flagship industrial projects in the first PCPs launched: Ethiopia and Senegal. Talking about the impact since the introduction of the PCP, Admasu Nebebe, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, said: “Previously, our partners supported the industrial sector in a very fragmented manner, but now we have an inter-ministerial task force that coordinates this partnership through the Ministry of Finance. This has helped us to synergize and coordinate our interventions, mobilize more resources and get more interest from partners.”

Ethiopia has witnessed major progress in the establishment of four integrated agro-industrial parks, a priority initiative of the PCP. In Senegal, the Diamniadio industrial park, also supported through the PCP, was recently inaugurated by President Macky Sall and has several international and national companies already in operation.

As part of the newer PCPs, Emil Osmonbetov, Chairperson of the State Committee on Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of Kyrgyzstan, talked about the country’s path of reindustrialization and UNIDO’s support in formulating a National Strategy for Industrial Development. “The Strategy was fully designed in accordance with the national strategy 2040 where a huge block was dedicated to the industrial development of the country. Kyrgyzstan has big expectations on this,” Osmonbetov said.

Javier Dávila Quevedo, Peru’s Vice-Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Production, emphasized that: “the PCP contributes significantly towards modernization and sustainability of the Peruvian industry, facilitating partnerships and multisectoral efforts, and adding value to our commitment to industrial development with innovative and environmentally-friendly approaches."

Morocco’s Youssef El Bari, Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, and Cambodia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, Bunthon Thay, also represented new PCP countries, which are still in their programming phase.

Titled “Insights from PCP countries”, the session was moderated by journalist and television news anchor, Sarah Kelly. Building on this session, UNIDO intends to hold a Seventh ISID Forum on the sidelines of the 18th General Conference in 2019.

Find out more about the event here.

For more information on the Programme for Country Partnership, please contact:

Ciyong ZOU

Director

Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration

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