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UNIDO Director-General triggers discussion on strategic vision

The Industrial Development Board (IDB) is one of the three governing bodies of UNIDO along with the General Conference and the Programme and Budget Committee. The IDB of 53 Member States reviews the implementation of UNIDO's work programme and budget and makes recommendations to the General Conference (held every four years) on policy matters. The Board meets once in General Conference years, and twice in other years. Over the three days of IDB29, side events were held on:


  • UNIDO in Latin America and the Caribean region;

  • Activities in countries emerging from crisis situations;

  • Trade Capacity Building; and Environment.


Six Ministers and Six Vice Ministers / Permanent Secretaries were among the delegates to the 29th Session of UNIDO's Industrial Development Board, held from 9 to 11 November, 2004. The Ministers were: Burkina Faso's Minister of Trade, Enterprise Promotion and Handicrafts, Benoît Ouattara; Republic of Congo's Minister of Industrial Development, Small, Medium Enterprises and Handicraft Industries, Emile Mabonzo; Croatia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miomir Zuzul; Morocco's Minister of Industry, Commerce and Upgrading, Salah Eddine Mezouar; Senegal's Minister of State and Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Landing Savane; and Sierra Leone's Minister of Trade, Mme Kadi Sesay. The other high-level attendees were: Vice Governor of Argentina's Córdoba Province, Juan Schiaretti; Cuba's Vice-Minister for Cooperation with International Organizations, Raúl Taladrad Suarez; Ecuador's Under-Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Trade, Industries and Competitiveness, Xavier Abad; India's Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Min. of Commerce and Industry, Ashok Jha; Kenya's Assistant Minister for Trade and Industry, Petkay Miriti; and Nigeria's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, G.O. Asiegbu.