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Wednesday, 04 December 2013

UNIDO and Uganda sign country cooperation framework agreement

LIMA, 4 December 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Republic of Uganda signed a country cooperation framework agreement in Lima today.

The agreement, which outlines a Country Programme, will help in the development of SMEs and have a special focus on young people and women; quality infrastructure and standards; agribusiness development and selected value chains; and renewable energy development.

Uganda’s economy has experienced substantial growth over the last decades, and one of the best performing in Africa. This has helped to significantly reduce the proportion of the population living below the poverty line. To enhance this and to enable the country realize its full potential, the Government aims at enhancing the agricultural value chains and private sector development to achieve diversification of the economy away from its dependence on exports of agricultural primary commodities, including cocoa, coffee, cotton, flowers, tea and tobacco.

The Minister of State for Industry, James Shinyabulo Mutende, said that the implementation of the country cooperation framework was key to achieving national priorities, which are included in the country’s vision that aims at transforming Uganda to a middle income country by 2017. The Minister highlighted his Government’s commitment to work with UNIDO in the implementation of the Country Programme.

UNIDO’s interventions are designed to assist the Government to address national development challenges and develop institutional capacity in various sectors of the economy that will enhance the country’s capability in achieving inclusive economic growth and sustainable industrial development.

The projects within the country cooperation framework target the creation of employment and improvement of the country’s competitiveness. UNIDO’s planned interventions are fully aligned with the Uganda United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2010-2014 (UNDAF).  

For more information, please contact:

Matilda Muweme
UNIDO Programme Officer

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