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Friday, 15 November 2013

Africa Industrialization Day to be marked in UNHQ in New York on 22 November

NEW YORK, 15 November 2013 – This year’s Africa Industrialization Day (AID) with the theme “Job creation and entrepreneurship development: a means to accelerate industrialization in Africa” will be marked in New York on 22 November.

Initiated during the 1989 UN General Assembly, the AID raises awareness of the role of industrialization in African development and helps galvanize international support from various stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, and civil society.  

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will jointly organize the event with the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa and the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations.

Job creation and entrepreneurship development are key aspects to fully capture the potential of a large, dynamic and fast-growing work force, including youth and women in Africa. This year’s AID will feature an interactive panel discussion with experts from the private sector, academia and public sector, who will share their views on entrepreneurship and job creation for industrialization.

It will feature statements from the President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the Director General of UNIDO, the chair of the African Group and the Permanent Observer of the African Union. 

The event will take place from 15:00 to 17:00, on Friday, 22 November, in
Conference Room 2 (CB), UNHQ, New York.

Learn more about AID's programme in New York here:

www.unido.org/fileadmin/media/documents/pdf/PMO/Concept_Note_AID_2013.pdf

For more information, please contact:

Cornelius Roschanek

UNIDO New York Office

Tel: +1-212-963-5205

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