UNIDO Director General participates in the 5th BRICS Industry Minister’s Meeting

UNIDO Director General participates in the 5th BRICS Industry Minister’s Meeting

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VIENNA, 28 August 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting impacts on livelihoods, halted international economic activities and has resulted in the global manufacturing sectors output declining by 6.0 percent in the first quarter of 2020.  However, the crisis has afforded the international community an opportunity to accelerate progress towards collaborative solutions to development issues through increased digitalization.

In this context, that the industry ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) virtually convened for the 5th BRICS Industry Minister’s Meeting. The objective of this meeting was discuss the implementation of the BRICS Partnership on New Industrial Revolution (PartNIR).

The overarching objective of PartNIR is to deepen BRICS cooperation in the fields of digitalization, industrialization and innovation. PartNIR aims to address the challenges and maximize the opportunities arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) by strengthening policy co-ordination; promoting human skill development in cutting edge technologies; sharing best practices in digitalization; and initiating joint infrastructure projects. 

The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, participated in the meeting to discuss how UNIDO can facilitate the implementation of PartNIR. He highlighted that COVID-19 has become the unexpected accelerator in catalyzing the structural shift towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He noted that technologies associated with this new industrial paradigm such as AI and Big Data have been implemented support the development of vaccines for COVID-19, while wearables are being used to monitor the safety of healthcare workers and patients.

He stressed UNIDO’s priority in supporting its Member States’ in the transition to the 4IR. To this end, he informed the Ministers of the establishment of the Department of Digitalization Technology and Innovation which is mandated to co-ordinate the implementation of all organizational activities pertinent to the 4IR. He noted UNIDO’s capacity to implement relevant technical co-operation projects; promote knowledge and technologies on these matters, and support the development and adoption of new policies and norms. 

The Director General expressed UNIDO’s readiness to wholeheartedly support the implementation of PartNIR and endorsed the Joint Declaration of BRICS Ministries of Industry and UNIDO on strengthening cooperation in the area of the 4IR by assessing the scope to establish a Centre for Industrial Competences and Innovation Centr as well as leveraging resources from the New Development Bank. 

The BRICS industry ministers collectively acknowledged UNIDO’s unique role and capacities to contribute to the implementation of PartNIR and to establish the BRICS Centre for Industrial Competences.

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Raymond Tavares, Industrial Development Officer

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