General Conference 10th session - Summary of 3rd Plenary Meeting

 Summary of Third Plenary Meeting
 (2 Dec. 2003, a.m.)

Agenda item 7

Egypt

  • Emphasized the importance of technology and investment promotion for developing countries to sustain industrial development.
  • Investment promotion at enterprise level is important for Egypt.

Paraguay

  • Stressed the importance of technology to increasing productivity and market access.

Côte d’Ivoire

  • Appreciated UNIDO’s assistance given through the integrated programme.
  • Emphasized the importance of post-conflict development assistance with a clear focus on poverty reduction and equal distribution of wealth.
  • Since current commodity exports from Africa were directly related to poverty, agro-industrial processing was required.
  • Stressed the importance of creating value-added products.

Nigeria

  • Sought investment in the energy sector, since Nigeria had worked to establish an investment climate conducive to foreign investment in energy.
  • Highlighted deregulation of downstream oil economy as well as privatisation of power and refining sectors.
  • Pointed out funding limitations for implementation of the integrated programme.
  • Welcomed support for mini-hydro, solar and thermal power development.
  • Within the integrated programme, cited agro-industries including technology centers for hides and skins, leather, textile and the diary sector.

China

  • Highlighted the potential for increasing cooperation between China and UNIDO in such areas as energy (hydro-power), agro-industries and trade facilitation.
  • Cited current cooperation with UNIDO in rural energy, particulary mini-hydro.
  • Cited investment promotion and technology transfer as priority areas that needed UNIDO’s support.
  • Mentioned trust fund - supported projects in energy efficiency and biotechnology.
  • Introduced forthcoming Asia/Pacific forum, to be hosted in China in preparation for the Global Biotechnology Forum.
  • Referred to full support for UNIDO’s SME Development Programme, in particular to support the development of rural entrepreneurs.

Guinea

  • Appreciated assistance provided through the integrated programme, especially the private sector component.
  • Stressed the importance of the programme on community production centres for vulnerable population groups as an important initiative to support refugees and local communities in job creation, sustainable local development and demand-oriented skills training.
  • Referred to assisting women entrepreneurs to develop leadership in productive businesses.
  • Called on the donor community to provide additional funds for construction and rehabilitation programmes to benefit communities in crisis, coming from Liberia, Sierra Leon and Côte d’Ivoire seeking a better life in Guinea.
  • Referred to rural energy and requested UNIDO's support for dissemination programme.
  • Stressed the need for access to new technology and for trade facilitation.
  • Emphasized the importance of the fish processing industry and traditional textiles within the integrated programme.

Saudi Arabia

  • Considered the private sector as the main ”ingredient” to promote competitiveness, with a basic infrastructure is being put in place.
  • SMEs being promoted benefit from favourable state policies as enterprises have a vital role to play in production and local value addition.
  • Full support given to UNIDO’s SME programme.

Namibia

  • Commended UNIDO’s inspiring track record and commitment to support SME development.
  • Sought partnerships with UNIDO and countries in the region to develop the SME sector in Namibia, as this programme was an excellent tool to address pockets of poverty and unequal economic progress.
  • Stated that Namibia was committed to address actively the needs of the indigenous population through SME development, skills training and institutional capacity building.
  • Emphasized broad-based economic growth and poverty alleviation as the main objective for his country, along with the promotion of competitive enterprises.
  • Referred to assistance to be tapped from UNIDO’s cluster development programmes.
  • Stressed the need for diversification of industries based on commodities, with technology demonstration centers as part of the solution.
  • Mentioned the environmental consequences of SME development.

Burkina Faso

  • Since the implementation of the integrated programme, in 1998, the country had benefited from an active programme in the SME sector to support agro-based industries (food, textile, leather). This was a main priority in promoting an industrial base with job-creation opportunities.
  • Commended the fulfillment of a number of significant targets in the integrated programme.
  • Appealed for additional donor support for the second phase, which is to be launched.
  • Thanked donors, that is, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark for their contributions to the integrated programme.
  • Pointed out that Burkina Faso was the first partner for an integrated programme to build the growth potential of agro-industries (only 20% of industry is secondary processing) with the main focus on food, leather and textiles.
Algeria
  • Referred to the need for ICT and information networking to support the SME sector and to strengthening international and regional cooperation to promote this sector.
  • Focus was needed on trade facilitation and promotion of technology.
  • Potential for agro-industries seen mainly on food preservation and processing within the framework of the NEPAD.

Kuwait

  • Supported UNIDO’s renewable energy and cleaner production initiatives.
  • Called for continuing support for the programme on professional competency.
  • Stressed promotion of trade facilitation.

Jordan

  • Within the integrated programme, welcomed UNIDO’s assistance provided to support rural development and infrastructural upgrading and cited funding as a main issue to be tackled.
  • As to gender equality and women entrepreneurship development, assistance through the integrated programme should be considered, as this is a major problem in the country.
  • Welcomed full attention being given by UNIDO to address post-crisis and rehabilitation needs, with specific reference to Iraq.

France

  • Appreciated UNIDO’s collaboration and synergies being developed with other agencies, bodies and organizations for greater efficiency.
  • Cited UNIDO’s SME programme and the development of local production systems as important vehicles for addressing poverty alleviation and supporting the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Supported energy initiatives in Africa.
  • Requested that all the relevant documents be issued also in French.

Agenda item 11 - MTPF (IP/CSF)

Egypt

  • During DG’s last visit a project ($5.8 million) which focuses on increase of productivity and competitiveness (Borgh el Arab) was signed
  • Expected increased the role of private sector, information network and cleaner production

Nigeria

  • CSF proofed to alleviate poverty
  • Greater resource mobilization was imperative at this stage
  • CSF was in its second year
  • Nigeria is inviting investors to support energy sector
  • Signed TF agreement where NIR contributes $5 million for the implementation of CSF; first $3.5 million had been paid and the balance was approved two weeks ago

Guinea

  • Appreciated assistance by UNIDO, including assistance of pilot project for industrial zone, and fishery project.
  • Textile sector benefits from UNIDO expertise
  • Appealed to donors to provide resources
  • PREPAO (Regional Programme for West Africa) would further promote women’s entrepreneurship

Burkina Faso

  • Burkina Faso was chosen as pilot for the first IP to raise competitiveness and create jobs
  • Todate, IP accomplished a lot
  • Government was satisfied with results accomplished; it is a success for UNIDO and Government
  • In agreement with DG, decided to continue with a second phase of IP
  • Mentioned Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Luxemburg as donors and expressed hope that others would join

Algeria

  • UNIDO’s IP approach led to interest among Member States
  • Considers UNIDO’s initiative in connection with ‘earthquake’ as a good gesture
  • Thanked Italy and France for $1.1 and $1.5 million for IP respectively
  • Urges UNIDO to do everything to meet the needs of Algerian economy
  • Reaffirmed support to the objective of the Organization

Kuwait

  • IPs have become a source of hope for countries in need of industrial development
  • Focus should be on the goal of poverty reduction

Jordan

  • Welcomed IPs but suffered from sufficient financing
  • IP was approved in 2000 (focuses on job creation and competitiveness)
  • Called on Member States to support the IP through financial contributions
  • Job creation was essential and impact can only be achieved with financial support

Agenda item 11 - MTPF (Funds Mobilization)

Burkina Faso

  • Called upon donor countries to financially support more effectively UNIDO’s programmes.
  • Thankful for the contributions made by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg towards its own IP.

Algeria

  • Considered that IP concept is useful and facilitates mobilization of funds.

Kuwait

  • Considered the IDF of UNIDO as an important mechanism for mobilizing funds for LDC’s and noted the impressive amount reached now by the IDF.

Jordan

  • Ready to contribute to rehabilitation efforts in Iraq.

France

  • Signed today the agreement for the 2nd ITPO – located in Marseille – and considers this effective mechanism for development activities in Mediterranean region.
  • Particularly welcomed the FAFA recently concluded by UNIDO and the EU as the 3rd UN agency to do so, after ILO and FAO.

Agenda item 12(a) - Field Representation

Egypt

  • While continuing to support the regional office, requested UNIDO to provide the regional office with financial and human resources adequate to deliver the services that the country’s programmes command;
  • Would welcome the involvement of the regional office in regional programmes and activities;

Nigeria

  • Stated that both parties, namely the government and UNIDO, have honoured their respective obligations regarding the funding of the Regional Industrial Development Centre (RIDC) in Nigeria;
  • Supported RIDC as a model of field representation.

China

  • Appreciates the cooperation with UNIDO, inter alia, in the area of investment and values events such as the forum on mergers & acquisitions recently held in Beijing.

Algeria

  • Appreciates the work done by UNIDO field representation in the country.

Jordan

  • Values the cooperation with UNIDO in improving the country’s environment for attracting investment and regards the Arab Mediterranean network as a success story.

France

  • Reported on the just signed agreement with UNIDO to open a second ITPO in Marseille;
  • Attached importance to the decentralization of services to the field within the boundaries of the resources available, and looks with favor at a higher degree of rotation of assignments between the field and HQs staff.