UNIDO to reinforce partnership with Cambodia, help advance industrialization

UNIDO to reinforce partnership with Cambodia, help advance industrialization

PHNOM PENH, 6 April 2017 – Ways to reinforce the partnership between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Cambodia to further advance the country’s inclusive and sustainable industrial development were discussed today between UNIDO Director General LI Yong and Samdach Prime Minister Hun Sen.

DG Li, who is on a three-day official visit to Cambodia, acknowledged the continued support of the Royal Government of Cambodia for UNIDO’s activities in the country.

Commending Cambodia’s commitment to promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development, Director General Li said: “We are looking forward to further develop our partnership with Cambodia through the introduction of a Programme for Country Partnership, which will assist in private sector development, boost economic competitiveness and innovation, while introducing measures to better protect the environment. It will also focus on industrial skills development, trade facilitation, logistics services and trade-related infrastructure growth.”

Since 1993, UNIDO’s technical cooperation in Cambodia has focused on the following areas: agro-industry, trade capacity skills development, renewable energy, resource efficiency, small and medium enterprise development, and environment management, including the reduction of Persistent Organic Pollutants emissions. The total UNIDO programme value is over US$ 42 million.

Both parties agreed on the need for UNIDO to increase its support to the government in implementing the priorities of the Industrial Development Policy (IDP) designed to ensure inclusive economic growth and enhance the country’s participation in global value chains.

Samdach Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the Royal Government of Cambodia highly valued UNIDO’s work for Cambodia and expressed confidence that the Programme for Country Partnership will help mobilize resources for the realization of key development priorities.

“We want to create more value added industry by encouraging more use of availability of raw materials. At the same time, we always welcome long-term and quality investment from abroad,” added Samdach Prime Minister Hun Sen.

During his first official visit, the UNIDO Director General will also meet with the minister of various ministries, representatives of the private sector as well as donors and development partners and other relevant stakeholders to discuss inclusive and sustainable industrial development and the new Programme for Country Partnership.

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Narin SOK

UNIDO Country Representative