VIENNA, 25 November 2016 - The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, and the President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Serdar Cam, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the thematic areas of the 2008 cooperation agreement, in order to further intensify the existing fruitful partnership in light of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the signing ceremony at the Vienna International Centre, Li expressed his appreciation for TIKA’s ongoing support for two international training programmes on nanotechnology and on textile-leather laboratories. He also pointed out the excellent results achieved by the training programme on food processing, which have been successfully conducted in Turkey since 2000 and were concluded in 2015.
UNIDO’s international training programmes in Turkey have been financed by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, while TIKA supports the international flight costs of participants from the Balkans, East Europe, Central Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. LI Yong stressed the importance of strengthening the cooperation between TIKA and UNIDO in TIKA’s priority regions and focus areas, as TIKA is active in 150 countries with 50 Programme Coordination Offices in 48 cooperation partner countries in Central Asia, Middle-East, Africa, Balkans, Caucasia, Pacific and South America.
Li said that UNIDO considers TIKA a key partner for the implementation of SDG9 and other related goals, and that he looks forward to expanding the cooperation further beyond the international training programmes in the framework of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ,as well as in terms of South-South cooperation.
To this end, the Cooperation Agreement which came into force in 2015 allows for the mobilizing of a trust fund for enhanced partnership, particularly in Central Asia, in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, where UNIDO is well-placed and has a rich project portfolio.