UNIDO Director General discusses cooperation with China during official visit to Beijing

UNIDO Director General discusses cooperation with China during official visit to Beijing

BEIJING, 2 July 2018 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, held several high-level meetings with high-ranking senior officials to further boost cooperation between UNIDO and China.

LI Yong met with WANG Xiaotao, Chairman of the newly-established China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), to explore potential areas of cooperation including on the Belt and Road Initiative, South-South Cooperation, industrialization in Africa, and trade and investment promotion capacity building in developing counties. Both parties resolved to strengthen their cooperation in the future.

Chairman Wang stressed the positive role played by UNIDO in China’s economic development – as highlighted by President XI Jinping – and emphasized the complementarity of UNIDO’s and CIDCA’s mandates, while also expressing the wish to see concrete results from this new cooperation in advancing inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

“The establishment of CIDCA will serve to strengthen China’s cooperation with developing countries,” said Li. “UNIDO stands ready to support CIDCA as it provides strategic guidance to China’s South-South and trilateral cooperation activities.”

In line with the UNIDO-China Strategic Cooperation Framework 2018-2021 on green industry, innovation and international cooperation, UNIDO Director General LI Yong and Minister of Science and Technology WANG Zhigang signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in several areas, including through joint forums to foster the exchange of policy, knowledge and information related to innovation and technology. They also agreed to identify and implement technical demonstrations in the area of eco-industrial parks and innovation zones, and to support capacity building in developing countries for science, technology and innovation (STI).

“The New Industrial Revolution – also known as Industry 4.0 – and innovation are a must for developed and for developing counties to solve their development challenges,” said Li. Wang noted that STI have been key enablers in all industrial revolutions, and this will also be the case in the New Industrial Revolution. Minister Wang thus welcomed the opportunity to strengthen cooperation with UNIDO under the MoU.

During his official visit to China, DG Li is also meeting HU Xiaolian, Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of China, XIONG Meng, Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the China Federation of Industrial Economics, and other partners, to discuss cooperation opportunities related to UNIDO’s activities and the Programme for Country Partnership initiative.

For more information, please contact:

Ralf Bredel

Representative and Head

UNIDO Regional Office

China, DPRK, Mongolia