Tuesday, 13 May 2014

UNIDO and AIDMO further strengthen cooperation in trade capacity building with support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

VIENNA, 13 May 2014 - The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, and the Director General of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), Mohamed Ben Youssef Bezhad, today agreed to reinforce the ongoing cooperation between the two organizations.

They signed a technical assistance programme entitled “Enhancement of regional trade capacities in food through a harmonized regional conformity assessment and food safety systems”.  The programme, worth USD 7 million, will be funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The programme will drive regional cooperation within AIDMO members, further enhance bilateral cooperation, and foster  inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the Arab region through enhancing productivity, reducing waste, energy consumption, and making resources available to their  highest value use. It will also  create opportunities for innovation, job creation and consumer protection.

The partnership between UNIDO and AIDMO will also focus on interventions aiming at achieving regional trade integration, effective coordination ensuring compliance with international standards and regulations, trade capacity building, and quality promotion.

In 1994, UNIDO, ESCWA and AIDMO signed a joint communique in Vienna to enhance the cooperation between the organizations through joint activities with a view to fostering industrial development of the countries in the region.

In 2010, AIDMO and UNIDO commenced a joint project, funded by SIDA, in support of the regional Arab standardization strategy. The project helped establish the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) which is now fully operational and has gained international recognition. It also developed an innovative module on good governance and professional practices through the development of regional guidelines and capacity building activities.

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Branch

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