UNIDO and Venezuela strengthen agro-industrial cooperation

UNIDO and Venezuela strengthen agro-industrial cooperation

VIENNA, 2 February 2018 – A high-level delegation from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela visited the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 29 January to 2 February to advance the formulation of a strategic partnership between the two sides.

A series of meetings with Nelson Javier Ortega Bonilla, Vice-Minister for Foreign Trade; Jose Lucas Pena Suarez from the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA); and national UNIDO consultant Franco Javier Silva Aguila discussed the challenges and opportunities of the country’s major value chains– the music industry, corn cultivation, rice, soya, beans, sugar, coffee and cocoa. The discussions also focused on the development of sustainable mechanisms to take advantage of UNIDO’s expertise.

As part of the high-level visit, UNIDO organized a field trip to Lower Austria where 19 participants had the opportunity to visit the Cluster Center Eco Plus in Sankt Poelten. During the visit, Chief Operating Officer Stefan Liebert shared valuable insights into operational aspects of industrial innovation clusters, which engage networks of companies, universities and research centres to spur innovation and foster economic progress. Key success factors for clusters were discussed as well as their suitability for the Venezuelan economy.

Participants then moved onto Raiffeisen-Lagerhaus, an Austrian cooperative. The Director of the Board, Thomas Achleitner and colleagues shared best-practice for cooperatives primarily based on agriculture, with both sides agreeing on future cooperation and knowledge exchange between agricultural businesses in Venezuela and member businesses of the Raiffeisen-Lagerhaus cooperative from Upper Austria.

The visit is a step towards developing an action plan to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure.

For further information, please contact:

Alejandro Rivera Rojas, UNIDO