PANAMA CITY, 18 October 2018 – The two-day International Conference on challenges and opportunities related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 in Latin America and the Caribbean concluded today with an agreement to establish the LAC SDG 9 Accelerator, a platform to accelerate the implementation of SDG9 in the region through private-public-partnerships (PPPs), south-south cooperation, networking and alliances. Under this framework, a regional network of representatives from governments, chambers of industry and academia will be developed, which will address the region’s priority areas.
Held in conjunction with Panama’s Pro Tempore Presidency of the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), the Conference focused on the sectors that have been prioritized for the future UNIDO-LAC cooperation, namely continuity of ongoing regional initiatives on sustainable industrial parks, fishery value chain strengthening, advanced technologies foresight, and industrial knowledge services sharing; mechatronic, automation and agroindustry (industry 4.0); renewable energies; and bio-pharmaceutics.
In total, more than 60 high-level participants from 20 countries participated, including 6 Vice Ministers and Directors of Industry and Commerce as well as technical experts from the region, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Furthermore, representatives from other international institutions such as the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB), the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) participated.
The conference also contributed towards the promotion of regional networking and south-south cooperation based on complementarities, the establishment of strategic alliances and leveraging resources with international partners, for the implementation of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the LAC region.
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