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Sunday, 17 November 2013

UNIDO supports Global Summit of SME Leaders in China

GUANGZHOU, 17 November 2013 – Public and private sector leaders, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, took part in the Global SME Leaders Summit in China, organized by UNIDO and  Global Alliance of SMEs (GASME), to discuss current issues and difficulties facing the development of international SMEs.

Speaking at the event on behalf of LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO, Lamine Dhaoui, Director of UNIDO’s Business Investment and Technology Services Branch, emphasized the importance of the close partnership between China and the Organization.

Dhaoui also pointed to the importance of entrepreneurship in generating employment and wealth creation. He presented UNIDO’s multi-dimensional approach and its interventions at the macro and micro level. Referring to the post-2015 development agenda, he recalled the four priorities that will be crucial to achieve overall inclusive growth, namely: creating opportunities for good and decent jobs and secure livelihoods; adding value and raising productivity; putting in place a stable enabling environment; and supporting sustainable consumption and production.

“Achieving these goals and creating employment opportunities will require the close cooperation of governments, international organizations, the donor community and local institutions,” said Dhaoui. “UNIDO’s work is very much in line with prevailing industry best practices and is closely aligned with the recommendations made by the post-2015 high-level panel”.

The summit also allowed to strengthen the cooperation between UNIDO and GASME, whose Global Chairman, Carlos Magariños, is the former director general of UNIDO. The mission of GASME is to create a bilateral/multilateral exchange platform for SMEs worldwide and to enable mutually beneficiary collaborations while promoting healthy and sustainable development.

For more information, please contact:

Lamine Dhaoui
Director, UNIDO’s Business Investment and Technology Services Branch
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