YEREVAN, 12 October 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) took an active part at the 17th Francophonie Summit held this week in Yerevan, Armenia, in view of strengthening cooperation with francophone countries.
Held under the theme “Living together in solidarity, shared humanistic values, and respect for diversity: a source of peace and prosperity in La Francophonie”, this year’s edition of the summit saw Louise Mushikiwabo from Rwanda elected as new Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).
“I intend to give La Francophonie its full role as a forum for mediation, dialogue and negotiation,” Mushikiwabo said. ”For me, La Francophonie must accompany its members, taking full measure of their particular contexts.”
UNIDO and the OIF share 47 Member States in Africa, Central America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. The two organizations were able to recognize, through UNIDO’s presence, the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development for poverty reduction through the creation of quality jobs, especially for women and youth.
“Today, it is the family of La Francophonie that meets! Colourful, united by a language spoken by 300 million francophones from five continents! UNIDO is proud to be part of this Summit in Yerevan,” said Patrick Gilabert, UNIDO Representative to the European Union. “This is first time that UNIDO participates in the Francophonie High-level Summit in which 40 heads of State and Government and 84 delegations are in attendance."
UNIDO also took part in the Economic Forum organized earlier in the week on the sidelines of the Summit. The event aimed to develop a common perspective on economic cooperation based on the Economic Strategy for La Francophonie – adopted at the 15th Francophonie Summit held in Dakar in 2014 – which aims to strengthen the francophone economic space in order to address economic, social, energy and environmental issues.
“UNIDO sees industry, investment and trade as the engines of development of any nation," said Gilabert during a thematic session on the perspectives and challenges of international trade relations. "UNIDO, through its ongoing links with governments and industry sectors around the world, can support the OIF's economic diplomacy, including by facilitating business access to foreign markets and their investments in the world.”
The Forum contributed to creating favorable conditions for cooperation and mutual investment as well as to developing institutional and professional networks between companies in the French-speaking world and international organizations. It provided a unique opportunity for UNIDO to present its activities to OIF member counties, as well as to interact with Armenian authorities at the highest level.
During the event, Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan praised UNIDO's work and projects in Armenia and expressed the importance of formulating a Country Programme for the country.
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