KIGALI, 13 March 2018 - LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will attend the African Business Summit and the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, from 20 to 22 March 2018.
The decision to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area was adopted by the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa in January 2012. The launch of the AfCFTA is an important milestone in promoting Africa’s regional integration and will help increasing intra-African Trade. Li will deliver a speech during the breakfast meeting on “Made in Africa: AfCFTA and Africa’s Structural Transformation” on 20 March, highlighting the opportunities of the AfCFTA for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Africa. He will also deliver a congratulatory message on the launch of the AfCFTA at the Extraordinary Meeting of the AU Heads of State and Government on 21 March.
The visit will be an opportunity for Li and his delegation to discuss the ongoing and future technical cooperation between Rwanda and UNIDO in the context of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), following the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution calling for the industrialization of Africa. He is also expected to meet with high-level Government officials from Rwanda during the visit to discuss this further.
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States.
For further information, please contact:
Matilda Muweme, Africa Division Programme Officer, UNIDO