DAR ES SALAAM, 9 March 2018 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) LI Yong has been on a three day visit to the United Republic of Tanzania with the aim of strengthening cooperation and strategic partnership with the country.
During the visit, LI Yong met with the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan with whom he had insightful discussions on Government priorities for industrial development as well as on sustainable solutions that UNIDO can offer to support the efforts being made by the country.
“The efforts that are being made by the Government to propel industrial development forward, including through infrastructure development, are very commendable” said LI Yong.
LI Yong also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr. Mahiga; the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Mpango, and the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Charles Mwijage. They discussed, among other topics, the need to reinforce multilateral partnerships for inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and the role of South-South industrial cooperation in strengthening technology and knowledge transfer.
During the mission, a joint declaration to strengthen the cooperation between UNIDO and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania was also signed in support of the implementation of the Country´s Development Vision 2025; the Zanzibar Vision 2020; the Sustainable Industrial Development Plan, and its Integrated Industrial Development Strategy 2025 (IIDS 2025).
Speaking during the signing ceremony, LI Yong highlighted that the declaration was occurring at a time when the need to bolster industrialization has been loudly echoed by the international community as demonstrated by the recent United Nations General Assembly proclamation of the period between 2016 and 2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), as well as the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 9 in 2015, which is focused on building resilient infrastructure, promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering of innovation.
LI Yong further stated the Organization’s commitment to work closely with the Government to implement selected activities, including in areas such as agro industries development; renewable energy development; investment promotion; capacity building for industrial policy and strategy development and management and youth entrepreneurship.
Mwijage highlighted the Government’s commitment to promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development and that in this regard, he was looking forward to strengthening the collaboration between UNIDO and the United Republic of Tanzania. “UNIDO has been a long standing partner and the Ministry of Industry has collaborated with the organization in various areas,” Mwijage said. He reiterated the Government’s commitment to working with UNIDO in various areas in line with the country’s policies, strategies and plans including the 2nd Five Year Development Plan (2016-2021).
Other meetings held included those with representatives of the private sector, civil society and the UN Country Management Team.
Following the meetings in Dar es Salaam, Director General LI travelled to Zanzibar where he met with President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein and Amina Ali, Minister of Industry, Trade and Marketing to discuss the need for enhanced cooperation in favour of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Zanzibar. As part of UNIDO’s support to seaweed farmers in Zanzibar, over 90 percent of whom are women, farmer and processor associations received harvesting and processing equipment worth almost 180 million Tanzanian Shillings (approx. USD 80,000) from the Organization.
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