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Wednesday, 04 December 2013

UNIDO and Niger sign country cooperation framework agreement

LIMA, 4 December 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Niger today signed a country cooperation framework agreement.

The programme will focus on agro-industries and agribusiness development, as well as on investment promotion; the promotion of small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship, especially for young people and women; trade capacity building through the upgrading of industry; and industrial governance and statistics.

The aim is to help producers working in the field of agro-industries and agribusiness reach wider markets, increase productivity through the introduction of modern technologies and sustainable energy generation.

The country cooperation agreement is fully aligned with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (Le Programme de Développement Economique et Social du Niger - PDES 2012-2015) and represents UNIDO’s contribution and technical support to the implementation of the PDES.

Niger, a landlocked West African nation that straddles the Sahel, has an economy based largely upon internal markets, subsistence agriculture, and the export of raw commodities: food stuffs to neighbors and raw minerals to world markets. The economic activity centres on subsistence agriculture, animal husbandry, re-export trade, and export of uranium. The 50 per cent devaluation of the West African CFA franc in January 1994 boosted exports of livestock, cowpeas, onions, and the products of Niger's small cotton industry

Omar Hamidou Tchiana, Minister of State for Mines and Industrial Development, said the implementation of the country cooperation framework would be key for Niger in order to graduate from the LDC category and for sound and sustainable industrial development.

For more information, please contact:

Bashir Condé
UNIDO Programme Officer
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