CHANGSHA, 27 June 2019 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) LI Yong reiterated the Organization’s commitment to support inclusive and sustainable industrialization in Africa - with a strong emphasis on South-South partnerships – during the opening ceremony of the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) in Changsha, China.
“Achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development is a complex goal that no single organization or entity can successfully manage on its own”, said Li. “We need concerted efforts to accelerate the implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III); we stand ready to join hands with all of you, including through CAETE, to put Africa on a firm path towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development”.
Li also highlighted achievements in the pilot development of integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs) such as the Modjo Leather City (MLC), which are being implemented within the framework of UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) for Ethiopia. On the CAETE sidelines, the Director General also met DU Jiahao, Secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee.
CAETE is a biennial event co-organized by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Hunan Provincial Government; the first edition, which took place from 27 to 29 June 2019, gathered state leaders and ministers from 53 African countries as well as high-level officials from international organizations including UNIDO, the Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the Africa Union, as well as representatives from non-government organizations, academia and the private sectors; in total, over 10,000 participants and more than 3,500 enterprises joined CAETE.
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