AMMAN, 16 June 2014 – The development and management of economic zones in the Middle-East was the focus of a meeting that took place in Amman today.
The event was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and was related to the scope of the two organizations’ respective projects in support of the development of zones in Iraq and followed up on previous similar cooperation initiatives.
The meeting gathered high-level officials from Iraq, Jordan and the Kurdistan Regional Government, as well as representatives of the Jordanian and Iraqi private sectors. UNIDO was represented by Mohamed Lamine Dhaoui, Director of the UNIDO Business, Investment and Technology Services Branch.
The various phases of the development of zones were examined during technical presentations and relevant practices and policy-level recommendations were discussed. Particular attention was given the Jordanian model characterized by a clear distribution of roles and responsibilities through an overall public-private partnership.
Participants agreed on the need to further closely cooperate with UNIDO and the OECD.
Since 2011, UNIDO has provided assistance to the Government of Iraq in developing industrial zones in the country. Initiated upon a request from the Government of Iraq and with financial support from the Government of Italy, the project is helping promote investments, create an enabling business environment for domestic and foreign companies and revitalize the private sector.
For more information, please contact:
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
UNIDO International Project Coordinator