LJUBLJANA, 8 May 2018 – UNIDO Deputy to the Director General, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, completed his first official visit to Slovenia, where he held high-level discussions with government officials, research institutions, industrial park authorities and private sector representatives. During his two-day mission, Kuniyoshi also opened the first Conference on Circular Economy in Tourism in South-East Europe, which UNIDO organized in partnership with the European Union. “Tourism and its supply chain have a large impact on the environment,” said the UNIDO Deputy to the Director General.

ADDIS ABABA, 27 April 2018 - The Government of Japan has announced that it will fund a project to improve water supply, public health and general environmental quality in Ethiopia. This is one of eight new projects implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization projects (UNIDO) in Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia and the Syrian Arab Republic, with Japanese funding totaling US$5.2 million.

VIENNA, 8 May 2018 - Baobab Capital (Pty) Ltd has agreed to co-fund a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project to support the development of sustainable business solutions for higher value-added bush-based products in Namibia. UNIDO Managing Director, Philippe Scholtès, and the Managing Director of private equity fund, Baobab Capital (Pty) Ltd, Jerome Kisting, have signed a Trust Fund Agreement worth €400,000.

CASABLANCA, 4 May 2018 – Increasing water scarcity will be one of Morocco’s main challenges, and more qualified professionals – who will be able to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of water- and sanitation-related equipment – will be required.

MONTEVIDEO, 18 April 2018 - Following the success of Uruguay’s first Forum on the Circular Economy organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Circular Economy Opportunities Programme was launched on 18 April 2018. The launch event, held in the MERCOSUR Building premises in Montevideo, was attended by more than two hundred participants, including representatives from three Uruguayan Ministries.

MONTEVIDEO, 26 - 27 April 2018 – Representatives of the Secretary of Productive Transformation of the Ministry of Production (MINPROD) in Argentina: have visited Uruguay´s Centre for Mechatronics and Automation Technology (CAIME) to learn new mechanisms for training human resources in industrial automation and mechatronics. This is the second initiative related to the South-South cooperation agreement between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Uruguay.

KUWAIT CITY, 26 April 2018 – The seven-year partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was showcased during the 25th session of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) General Assembly held in Kuwait City, 24-26 April 2018. The General Assembly brought together high-level officials from the Arab region, as well as industry officials and representatives from regional and international bodies.

ABIDJAN, 3 May 2018 – High-level representatives from West African fishery ministries and experts on WTO sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) agreements have come together to form the steering committee of a project to assist artisanal fisherfolk in gaining access to international markets. The project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), provides technical assistance on SPS standards and value chains in the fishery sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania and Senegal.

JOHANNESBURG, 4 May 2018 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo have participated in the first Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, organized by the Governments of Japan and South Africa from 3-4 May 2018 in Johannesburg. The Forum aims to accelerate the promotion of private-sector-led economic growth by encouraging networking among Japanese and African companies.

NDOLA, Zambia, 6 April 2018 - The Minister of Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo, has paid a courtesy visit to Zambian Industrial Training Academy (ZAMITA), a project implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in close cooperation with Northern Technical College (NORTEC), supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SID