SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 16 December 2019 – During the World Youth Forum (WYF), LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), met with H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt to discuss the UNIDO flagship project in Egypt, the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP).
They agreed on the importance of mainstreaming the new technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the PCP, and in particular to harness the full potential of these new technologies in competitive sectors such as agriculture, furniture, textiles and leather, as well as the need to improve the ICT sector in Egypt through digital platforms, and to support the design of one of Egypt’s new smart cities. This approach echoes the recent Abu Dhabi Declaration agreed by UNIDO member states during the 18th UNIDO General Conference. The Declaration calls for collective actions, multi-stakeholder partnerships and strengthened international cooperation to harness the full potential of the new technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency, Bassam Radi, said in a statement that Sisi expressed his appreciation for the UNIDO’s growing and extended cooperation with Egypt regarding inclusive and sustainable industrial development. He highlighted Egypt’s aspiration to deepen cooperation with UNIDO in a number of areas, especially enabling small and medium enterprises in Egypt to apply quality standards in order to achieve sustainability and access to markets.
Li Yong was the only keynote speaker from an international organization at the opening ceremony of the World Youth Forum. In his speech, Li highlighted UNIDO’s commitment to making industrial development more inclusive by integrating youth in the industrial development process. “Half of the world's population is under 30 years of age, so caring for youth is necessary and inevitable. UNIDO is looking for inclusive and sustainable industrial development, so our strategies try to integrate and develop youth and increase their employment rates,” Li said.
While attending the World Youth Forum, Li met key policymakers including Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance; Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry; Hala El Saied, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform; and Mohamed El Sweedy, Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries.
As a part of UNIDO efforts to help member states to mainstream new technologies, UNIDO organized a panel session entitled, “How Do We Prepare for a Fourth Industrial Revolution”. During his opening remarks, the UNIDO Director General said, “Industry 4.0 is leading to a radical transformation of entire manufacturing systems of production, management and governance,” adding that “to facilitate a smooth transition to this paradigm shift, existing challenges need to be addressed in all industry-related relevant areas, including: introduction of digital infrastructure for use in production; access to new technologies; or the introduction of technological knowledge, resources, and skills.”
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