VIENNA, 20 March 2017- The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank today held a joint workshop at UNIDO’s headquarters focusing on operationalizing partnership commitments between the two entities.
The main objectives of the workshop were to familiarize UNIDO staff on engagement modalities with the World Bank and to raise awareness about the recently introduced Standard Forms of Agreement, which enable UNIDO to assist governments with the implementation of World Bank-financed projects. Strengthening partnerships with international financial institutions is one of the Organization’s priorities for 2017.
The workshop was conducted by Maria Vannari, World Bank’s head of the Global Support Team on UN Agencies Engagement, and UNIDO’s Department of Partnerships and Results Monitoring (PRM). UNIDO’s technical departments also presented examples of UNIDO-WB project-level collaboration. The workshop was attended by over 160 UNIDO staff.
"These new agreements make it easier for UNIDO to support World Bank borrowers and allow countries to benefit more fully from UNIDO’s spectrum of advisory and technical assistance services. We are very excited about this new stage in our partnership; by working together, we combine the technical expertise and financial resources needed to support our client countries accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development,” said ZOU Ciyong, Director of PRM, in his opening remarks.
“This event, organized by UNIDO, is an important step in sharing knowledge about the operational and financing modalities of our institutions. By doing so, we equip our staff to efficiently support our member countries in the implementation of investment projects. The better we understand and know each other, the more efficiently we work with our clients,” said Maria Vannari.
Find the workshop's presentation here.
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