Tuesday, 25 June 2013

UNIDO helps Sudan introduce industrial modernization programme

VIENNA, 25 June 2013 – A new programme prepared with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will serve as a roadmap for the industrial modernization of the Republic of Sudan.

The programme was agreed on in Vienna today by the State Minister of Industry, Abdelwahid Yousif Ibrahim Mokhtar, and the Director General of UNIDO, Kandeh K. Yumkella.

The Industrial Modernization Programme, which was developed in response to an official request by the Government of Sudan, will contribute to sustained economic growth and the reduction of poverty. The Ministry of Industry will play a key role in its implementation.

“The Industrial Modernization Programme of the Republic of Sudan aims to promote productive activities, industrial policies, institution building and industrial support services. Its implementation will bring economic growth and new jobs. It will also serve as a strong contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” said Director General Yumkella.

In the short-term, the programme will help upgrade the supply chain into value chains with increased quality and safety measurements, in compliance with international standards, will increase efficiency and will introduce innovative technologies.

In the long-term, the programme will create synergies among support institutions, thus closing the gap between demand and supply, and increase the integration and coordination between the ministries related to industry. It is also expected to help improve financing, increase the supply of food and goods to remote rural areas, and contribute to the modernization of priority sectors of the economy.

Minister Mokhtar is in Vienna to participate in UNIDO’s Industrial Development Board and General Conference.

For more information, please contact:

Lamis Kabalan
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
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