ABUJA, 31 March 2014 – During his first official visit to Nigeria that ended today, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, had meetings with senior government officials, representatives of the private sector, civil society and with development partners.
He participated in the AU-UNECA Conference of Ministers of Finance and Economic Planning that had the theme “Industrialization for inclusive and transformative development in Africa.” Speaking at the event, Director General LI, highlighted the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrialization – UNIDO’s new vision adopted by all its Member States at the 15th session of the General Conference in December 2013 in Lima, Peru.
The Director General had meetings with the Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga; the Federal Minister of Environment, Lawrencia Laraba Mallam, and the Federal Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo. Both sides emphasized the synergies between UNIDO’s vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development and the recently launched Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan, the Nigerian Vision 20:2020 and the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
During his visit, Director General Li took part in the inauguration of the National Quality Centre in Abuja, which is part of the new European Union-funded Nigeria Competitiveness Support Programme (NCSP), also supported by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Li also launched the new phase of the Regional Centre for Small-Hydro Power (RCSHP), a project being implemented together with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ministry of Power and the Energy Commission of Nigeria.
The Director General held a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Dhlamini Zuma, during which the central role of the AU in promoting industrialization and economic transformation of the region, was emphasized.
He also held bilateral meetings with ministers of finance, economy and planning from Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea and Tanzania.
Before Nigeria, Director General Li visited Ghana and Senegal.
For more information, please contact:
Matilda C. Muweme
UNIDO Programme Officer
UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria