DAKAR, 20 April 2015 – The Prime Minister of Senegal, Mohammad Dionne, today officially launched UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) aimed at securing the country on the path of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Praising this new approach, Dionne said “industrialization of the country should benefit all citizens” and that it will be a source of job creation. He said his government will contribute financially to the implementation of a range of activities, in particular with respect to the integrated industrial platform at Diamniadio, the first competitive and integrated agro-pole, and an industrial and mining hub in the Kédougou region.
One of the government’s priority projects for accelerating economic growth and reducing poverty is the construction of a large-scale industrial, commercial, and residential platform at Diamniadio, 35 kilometres southeast of the capital city, Dakar. The development of the Diamniadio integrated industrial platform will be led by a partnership between the government of Senegal, UNIDO and the Government of China. The Government of Senegal has already mobilized USD 60 million for the first phase of the Diamniadio platform.
As part of the Programme for Country Partnership for Senegal, UNIDO will assist the government in operationalizing the first competitive and integrated agro-pole to strengthen the added value of agricultural products.
The main deliverable for 2015 will be the start of the competitiveness development programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the private sector in the industrial and mining hub region in the Kédougou region. It will include clustering, subcontracting and upgrading the activities of local SMEs.
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