ACCRA, 27 March 2014 – During an official visit to Ghana today, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, met with President John Dramani Mahama, and highlighted the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in realizing economic growth and employment.
Li commended the ambition of the Government of Ghana to transform the economy and foster the creation of employment to achieve long-term socio-economic goals. He stressed the need for introducing policies to safeguard the environment and enhance green growth strategies in the country.
The UNIDO Director General also met with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Tetteh, and the Minister of Finance, Seth Tekper. They discussed, among other topics, the need to reinforce multilateral partnerships for inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and the role of South-South industrial cooperation in strengthening technology and knowledge transfer.
LI Yong visited the Tema Industrial Park where he had a meeting with the Ghana Free Trade Board and representatives of two enterprises who provided firsthand experience of Government efforts to promote enterprises within industrial parks in Ghana.
Meeting with private sector stakeholders, including the Association of Ghana Industries, Director General Li expressed UNIDO’s commitment to continue supporting private sector development in Africa.
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