UNIDO contributing to Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in Egypt through the development of its new Programme for Country Partnership (PCP).
The first national joint consultation workshop held on June 13th and 16th brought together Government institutions, private sector, think tanks and UNIDO team to discuss the PCP inception phase.
The participants discussed key approaches for advancing Egypt’s industrialization: ISID approach to industrial diagnostics and policy-making; upgrading value chains and strengthening quality infrastructure; mainstreaming circular economy, resource efficiency and cleaner production models into national policies and strategies; strengthening the social, economic and environmental performance of industrial zones/parks; developing MSMEs, value chains and clusters with specific focus on women and youth; mainstreaming Industry 4.0 in the Egyptian industry; and integration with Africa.
The UN Resident Coordinator in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Richard Dictus, was one of the dignitaries present at the forum. He based his delivery on the Sustainable Development Goals 2015, lauded UNIDO’s interventions in the country, and affirmed that Egypt is a major hub into Africa; with a high-tech enabled industry, could achieve a high performing economy by 2030-2040.
Egypt’s inclusion among UNIDO PCP countries was agreed upon between UNIDO's Director General, LI Yong and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in December 2018.