Advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum: Insights from PCP countries

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When: 27 November 2018, 9:00-10:30 AM (CET)

Where: Vienna International Centre, C-building, Boardroom C (fourth floor)

In case you cannot join in person, the session will be livestreamed on this page, and you can also engage on Twitter via @UNIDO using #ISIDForum7.

Watch the full session below:


As part of its convening role, UNIDO organizes regular forums on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) that bring together different stakeholders to engage in a dialogue, exchange knowledge, forge partnerships and shape strategies for advancing ISID. The first such forum was held in 2014. So far, six ISID Forums have been organized. For more information on past ISID Forums, click here and here.

This year’s advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum will focus on the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) to provide Member States with an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with government representatives of PCP countries. Entitled “Insights from PCP countries”, the event will be held on the sidelines of the forty-sixth session of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board in Vienna, Austria.

Watch the wrap-up video below:

About the session

The session will feature opening remarks by the UNIDO Director General LI Yong and a moderated panel discussion. It will provide an opportunity to hear directly from high-level government representatives of PCP countries on their first-hand experiences and achievements through the Programme, lessons learned as well as vision for the future. The session will also include a question and answer period allowing for interactive exchange between the panelists, representatives of Member States and other participants.

Take a look at the detailed programme of the event here.


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Opening Remarks

Li Yong was Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 2013-2021. Before that he had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Li was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritized fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and medium-sized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More


EL BARI Youssef

Secretary General, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy
Kingdom of Morocco

Youssef El Bari serves as Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of Morocco, a position he holds since July 2017. He joined the Cabinet of the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy in 2014. Prior to this, he held several managerial positions at OCP Group, including as Director of Strategy as well as Director of Industrial Innovation, joining the company in 2009. Youssef El Bari began his professional career in 2004 with Air Liquide, the world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. Among other tasks, he managed major industrial developments projects and production activities. Youssef El Bari is a graduate of the École Polytechnique, and holds a Master’s of advanced studies in applied mathematics.... Read More


State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation

Admasu Nebebe is State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia since December 2016, before which he held several different positions within the same Ministry. With over 25 years of progressive leadership experience, including as Director of the Directorate for United Nations Agencies and Regional Economic Cooperation and as Head of the Climate Resilient Green Economy Facility. During his tenure, he led the mobilization of external resources for the country’s Growth and Transformation Plan, and mobilized, negotiated and signed foreign development grants and loans. He also managed and coordinated bilateral economic cooperation, as well as relationships with international and regional organizations, and oversaw the implementation of external economic agreements and programmes.... Read More


Chairperson of the State Committee on Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use
Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

Emil Osmonbetov serves as the Chairperson of the State Committee on Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic. Previously, he served as Board Member of Kyrgyzaltyn OJSC, the biggest Kyrgyz company specialized in the development of gold deposits, as Chief Executives Officer of the Mineral Resources Company, and as Deputy Head of the State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, among other positions. Osmonbetov holds academic degrees specialized in prospecting and exploration of mineral deposits, and state and municipal management.... Read More


Vice-Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Production
The Republic of Peru

Javier Dávila Quevedo is the Vice-Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at the Ministry of Production in Peru. Prior to joining the Ministry of Production in May 2018, he held positions as Director of Employment Promotion in the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion and as Director of the Institute for Economic and Social Studies at the National Association of Industries. He has extensive experience in research and financial analysis, as well as in innovation and development projects for SMEs. Dávila is an economist who graduated from the University of Lima and holds a Master’s degree from the Universidad Científica del Sur where he acts as Professor.... Read More

THAY Bunthon

Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization
Kingdom of Cambodia

Bunthon Thay serves as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international organizations related to economy and trade in Geneva, including UNIDO, since June 2018.  Before this, he served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations Office, the WTO and other international organizations in Geneva, appointed in 2015. He was Commercial Counselor during Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2012, and between 2006 and 2011, served as the First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cambodia in Geneva, responsible for the WTO, the World Intellectual Property Organization and other negotiations. Bunthon Thay has held various positions with the Government of Cambodia since first joining in 1996, including as the Deputy Chief of the Service Office at the Ministry of Commerce responsible for preparations of ASEAN-India trade negotiations between 2003 and 2006, among others. He holds a Master of Business Administration in international business strategy from the Hitosubashi University of Japan and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the Faculty of Business in Cambodia.... Read More

Adama Baye Racine Ndiaye serves as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Industrial Development and Small and Medium Industry of the Government of Senegal since December 2017. He has been one of the main drivers of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) for Senegal, both on the policy and operational levels, with the responsibility, under t... Read More

About the Programme for Country Partnership

The PCP is UNIDO’s newest programmatic service for accelerating ISID in Member States. The PCP aims to facilitate the mobilization of partners, expertise and resources for larger development impact, contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 and other relevant SDGs.

Each programme is tailored to specific country needs and aligned with the national development agenda, while maintaining several key features: (1) ownership and leadership of the host government; (2) selected priority industrial sectors or areas; (3) a multi-stakeholder partnership; and (4) the facilitation of public and private investment. The PCP combines UNIDO’s advisory and normative services, technical assistance and convening function to deliver an integrated service package to Member States.

The PCP was first introduced in mid-2014 and is currently ongoing in six countries - Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Peru and Senegal - covering each region of the globe and constituting the piloting phase.

Each PCP is at a different stage of development. The first two pilots, PCP Ethiopia and PCP Senegal, are in implementation since 2015. The third pilot, PCP Peru, launched in January 2016 and commenced implementation in 2018. PCP Cambodia and PCP Kyrgyzstan were approved in 2017 and are currently in the programming phase. The last pilot, PCP Morocco, was approved in 2018 and is in its final stages of programming.

Going forward, UNIDO will gradually expand the PCP to additional countries.

To find out more about the PCP, click here.


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