Slovenia-funded projects discussed during UNIDO consultations

Slovenia-funded projects discussed during UNIDO consultations

VIENNA, 29 January 2020 – Society 5.0 - the concept of a human-centred society that balances economic and industrial advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that integrates cyberspace and physical space was among the topics for future collaboration discussed by representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and a delegation from Slovenia.

During the consultations, Aleš Cantarutti, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia, mentioned that his country highly values cooperation with UNIDO and plans to expand its financial support to new projects in the different regions to be designed this year.  UNIDO provides cutting-edge technical cooperation services and first-hand expertise to its beneficiary countries helping advance their industrial capacities while building capacity and knowledge on new phenomena such as Society 5.0.

“UNIDO is an important partner for us for facilitating the internationalization of our business and sharing Slovenian technologies, knowledge and expertise in the area of industrial development with other countries. Our planned joint project in Cuba on an innovation cluster for biopharma, medical and nanotechnologies sectors, to be implemented in cooperation with the Slovenian Enterprise Fund, is a great example of a mutually beneficial partnership,” underlined Cantarutti.

Welcoming the Slovenian delegation, UNIDO Deputy to the Director General, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, said, “I am particularly pleased to recognize the extremely fruitful work we have done so far in cooperation with the Government of Slovenia, work that plays a vital role in expanding UNIDO’s technical services and projects in the Western Balkans region, Central Europe, Caucasus and Africa.

During the consultations, UNIDO presented a new project titled, “Development of an innovation ecosystem and support infrastructure, including a Digital Education and Innovation Centre in Azerbaijan”, funded by Slovenia and expected to be launched this year. The initiative aims to contribute to strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Azerbaijan. It will contribute to the establishment of a Digital Education and Innovation Centre (DEIC) to provide training and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A new project in Egypt, sponsored by Italy and co-funded by Slovenia, titled “Inclusive and sustainable development of the tomato value chain in Egypt”, is focusing on creating a pilot training and service centre. It will support the development of the national tomato value chain by upgrading labour skills via specialized training courses, linking producers with the processing industry, and introducing innovative products and processes to compete on the internal and external markets. Slovenia will contribute with its advanced greenhouse technology that can be scaled up to other sectors and countries in the future.

Participants also discussed potential future projects within the framework of Society 5.0., an innovation cluster for biopharma, medical and nanotechnologies sectors in Cuba, the creation of a support tool for the digitization of industry and fostering SME innovation in Serbia, the development of an industrial analytics platform for Western Balkans, and others. The technical consultations provided an opportunity to learn more about Slovenia’s current vision and immediate priorities in development assistance both on regional and global levels. 

For more information, please contact:

Solomiya Omelyan

UNIDO Regional Division - Europe and Central Asia