UNIDO and the Government of China agree to strengthen South-South cooperation

UNIDO and the Government of China agree to strengthen South-South cooperation

BEIJING, 14 September 2022 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) signed three project documents at the UNIDO Representational Office in Beijing. The projects will focus on enhancing the value chain and improvement of regulatory capacity of the agricultural industry in Quanan, Jiangxi Province, China; support the China International Import Expo; promote UNIDO South-South and triangular industrial cooperation services to strengthen industrial development partnerships among countries of the Global South.

Stephen Kargbo, UNIDO Representative in China, and Chen Ning, Deputy Director General of MOFCOM, signed the documents.

At the signing ceremony, Kargbo said, “Director General Müller highly values the partnership between UNIDO and China”. He hopes that China and UNIDO will continue to develop practical and closer cooperation in the field of South-South cooperation, especially with countries in Africa and in line with China’s Global Development Initiative, to accelerate the achievement of the  Sustainable Development Goals.  He highly commended MOFCOM for its strong  support towards the implementation of the UNIDO-China 5-year Country Programme.

Chen commended UNIDO for its long history of cooperation with the Government of China  in promoting South-South cooperation. He expressed his hope that the implementation of the projects would begin as early as possible, contributing to the promotion of South-South cooperation and the joint implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

New areas and ways of cooperation were also discussed. Promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development and achieving common prosperity through innovation, digital transformation and connectivity, aligned with UNIDO’s motto “Progress by innovation” will be the focus of the strengthened UNIDO-China partnership.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Bainous Kargbo, UNIDO Representative, UNIDO Field Office in Beijing

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