VIENNA, 21 November 2019 – Representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Republic of Bashkortostan, a federal subject of the Russian Federation, have met to explore avenues for potential technical cooperation to foster the inclusive and sustainable industrialization of the region. Bashkortostan is located between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains. With a population of over four million as of the 2010 Census, it is one of the most populous republics in Russia.
“UNIDO works closely with large industries as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises to promote the efficient use of energy, water, land and natural resources,” said Philippe Scholtès, UNIDO Managing Director. “In our daily endeavours, we rely on our partners who share our goals and vision, and we are delighted that the number of such partners has been steadily growing.”
“Our Republic is currently on the path of advancing its technological and industrial capacities, taking into account environmental risks and existing sustainable practices,” said Rustam Muratov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Investment Policy of the Republic of Bashkortostan. “We stand ready to expand the network of our international partners and see UNIDO as an important contributor to global inclusive economic growth and prosperity.”
The dialogue has been facilitated by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna. "We welcome the enhanced cooperation between UNIDO and the Russian regions in various areas related to inclusive and sustainable industrialization,” said Sergey Federyakov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna.
The meeting featured presentations by UNIDO experts and members of the delegation of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Both sides expressed interest in cooperation in areas of technology, investment, innovation, environment, agri-business and energy. The head of the delegation, Andrey Nazarov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Bashkortostan also held a bilateral meeting with UNIDO Director General LI Yong.
UNIDO and the Republic of Bashkortostan first started their collaboration in 1999 when a Cooperative Arrangement between the two parties was concluded. The dialogue continued throughout the implementation of a UNIDO project “Enhancing Industrial Performance and Competitiveness in the Global Market” in the Republic of Bashkortostan in 2006-2011.
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