ABIDJAN, 28 March 2019 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, met with representatives of the government and the private sector in Côte d’Ivoire to discuss the implementation modalities of UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership and mobilize their support for the programme.
“This new technical assistance programme integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. The PCP is a complete system of consultation, awareness-raising, programme formulation and implementation with a consistent strategy of mobilizing partnerships and funds,” said Director General Li during his meeting with Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Trade, Industry and SME Promotion.
Minister Diarrassouba added: "This programme is an opportunity for Côte d'Ivoire to give a boost to industrial development in an inclusive and sustainable way."
During a seminar to raise government awareness on the PCP, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly confirmed his commitment to the PCP and highlighted the need to quickly put in place a plan for the different stages of the programme. This seminar brought together several ministers holding portfolios related to industry, agriculture, the environment, education and vocational training, health, oil and energy.
UNIDO signed joint declarations with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Côte d’Ivoire (CCI-CI), the General Confederation of Ivorian Enterprises (CGECI), and the Federation of Ivorian Small and Medium Enterprises (FIPME) to support the design, programming and implementation of the PCP.
"The Ivorian private sector will provide all the necessary support to the Government and UNIDO for the successful implementation of this new PCP," said CGECI President Jean-Marie Ackah on behalf of the three private sector organizations.
The Director General met with financial partners and the United Nations Country Team, noting that: "no single partner can meet the challenges of the industrialization of Africa." He encouraged them to mobilize and coordinate their efforts as part of the implementation of the PCP in the country.
The UNIDO delegation also met H.E. President Alassane Ouattara to discuss the outcomes of the various meetings held with the government and the private sector.
At the end of his official working visit to Côte d’Ivoire, Li participated in the inauguration of 11 vocational training centres rehabilitated and equipped in the framework of PROFORME, a UNIDO project funded by the European Union. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at one of the centres, the National Pedagogical Institute for Technical and Vocational Education (IPNETP), and was attended by the Vice-President, Daniel Kablan Duncan, in the presence of three Ministers.
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Find out more about the DG’s activities during his mission in Côte d’Ivoire here.
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