PODGORICA, 7 March 2018 – The Government of Montenegro and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched the first Country Programming Framework (CPF) for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Montenegro today in the presence of high-level Montenegrin decision-makers, donors, and the UN Resident Coordinator in Montenegro. The Framework will run until 2021, with the main goal of accelerating the sustainable industrialization of Montenegro through higher value added production, smart specialization and resource efficiency.
The Government of Montenegro and UNIDO signed the CPF on 4 December 2017 in Vienna, following extensive consultations with key national stakeholders and development partners on the programmatic vision and strategy for engagement and partnership for ISID in Montenegro.
The CPF will support Montenegro’s efforts to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth through the implementation of targeted technical assistance in three thematic areas: strengthening industrial competitiveness, boosting rural development and job creation, as well as introducing sustainable environmental and energy management policies. This will contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 at the national level, especially SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, as well as all other inter-linked goals. It is also fully aligned with the Industrial Policy of Montenegro until 2020, the 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy of Montenegro and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2017-2021.
In his opening remarks, Ivan Ivanisevic, Director General of the Directorate for Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, welcomed the strategic direction of Montenegro’s cooperation with UNIDO under the CPF and added that “We at the Government of Montenegro believe that the implementation of the CPF will maximize Montenegro’s potential for sustainable development’.’
The CPF builds on the outcomes of past cooperation between UNIDO and Montenegro. UNIDO was the first UN organization to which Montenegro acceded after gaining independence in 2006. Since then technical assistance has been delivered in the areas of water management, cleaner production, compliance with international environmental agreements, clusters development, and SME competitiveness with the financial support of the European Union, the Government of Slovenia, the Montreal Protocol Fund, the One UN Fund, as well as the Delivering Results Together Fund.
Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Montenegro, noted the excellent results of the joint work undertaken by UNIDO and its sister agencies under the previous and the ongoing United Nations Development Assistance Framework. ‘’The priorities of the CPF are fully in line with national development priorities but also with the Integrated UN Programme for Montenegro 2017-2021.’’
With an overall tentative budget of 21 million euros, the CPF sets an ambitious agenda for change which can only be realized through leveraging strong partnerships for its implementation. Jacek Cukrowski, Chief of the UNIDO Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia invited the strong engagement of donors to make the Country Programme yet another success for Montenegro. “As we today embark upon the road towards making Montenegro wealthier, more inclusive and resilient through sustainable industrialization, we invite you to join hands with us. The great promise entailed in the Country Programme needs to be backed by sufficient resources in order to make a lasting contribution to Montenegro’s efforts towards strengthening the economy.”
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