General Conference, Eighth session

Agreements signed at the GC8

Austrian and Senegalese Enterprises

A business-oriented industrial partnership signed between a Senegalese leading textile company (ICOTAF) and an Austrian enterprise ERNEX, a supplier of modern weaving machinery and technical expertise, signified the relevance of UNIDO in forging partnerships and promoting businesses. The signing ceremony took place at the closing of the General Conference, under the aegis of the President Abdou Diouf of Senegal and in the presence of Director-General Carlos Magariños. Photo: The signing ceremony in the presence of President Abdou Diouf of Senegal and Mr. Magariños

The partnership, was the result of UNIDO Conference on Industrial Partnerships and Investments in Africa in Dakar, Senegal, last October, where two entrepreneurs, Ms. Oumou Salamata Tall, Chief Executive Officer of ICOTAF and Mr. Ramon Erne, Managing Director of ERNEX, met and agreed on a joint venture. Ms. Tall, a businesswoman who has established a modern plant producing attractive textiles, was interested to increase capacity utilization from 40 per cent to around 75-80 percent with ERNEX expertise and know-how for increased profitability. The supply of modern weaving machinery will enable ICOTAF to increase its market share and start exporting with improved quality control and marketing advice. (Photo: Ms. Tall, Mr. Gilabert and Mr. Erne)

UNIDO and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Director-General Carlos Magariños and the Minister of Industry and Tourism Theophile NDoli of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire signed a Joint Communiqué on developing cooperation between two sides and strengthening UNIDO's representation in the country. The Communiqué also includes joint cooperation in developing new modalities for the implementation of the UNIDO integrated programme. The Communiqué was signed in the presence of President of Côte d'Ivoire Henri Konan Bedié. (Photo by Renate Fuchsjager: The signing ceremony between Messrs. NDoli and Magariños, in the presence of President Konan Bedié)

UNIDO and Ghana

Director-General Carlos Magariños and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana, Mr. W. Pepera, signed a cooperation agreement regarding the legal framework related to activities between two parties and responsibilities of the UNIDO Country Office in Ghana. (Photo by Renate Fuchsjager: The signing ceremony)

UNIDO and the Islamic Republic of Iran

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Director-General Carlos Magariños and the Minister of Industry Gholamreza Shafei of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the purpose of development of existing cooperation between the two sides and a review of the responsibilities of the UNIDO Country Office in Tehran. The Memorandum also includes a integrated programme for the country formulated to assist the Government and manufacturing factor in industrial development. (Photo by Renate Fuchsjager: The signing ceremony)


A Joint Communiqué was signed by UNIDO Director-General Carlos Magariños and Director-General of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) Talaat Al Dafer. The Joint Communiqué on UNIDO/ECSWA/AIDMO cooperation had been already signed by Mr. Magariños and Dr. Hazem El-Bebalwi, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), at the Arab Regional Forum on Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Industrial Sector to Meet the Challenges of Globalization in Cairo. The agreement among these three agencies identifies ways and means of closer cooperation, designed to strengthen the existing ties through the implementation of joint activities with a view to fostering industrial development in Arab countries. (Photo by Renate Fuchsjager: The signing ceremony)


A further arrangement for cooperation between UNDP and UNIDO, with regard to the placement of UNIDO industrial development officers (IDOs) in UNDP offices, was signed by UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown in New York and Director-General Carlos Magariños in Vienna. An annex on collaboration between two parties at the country level is considered as part of the overall context of the UNDP-UNIDO agreement signed on 31 October 1998. The proposed arrangement will enable UNIDO, with UNDP, to play a more active role in the United Nations resident coordinators system for operations at the country, regional and global levels. At the national level, within the framework of the UN Development Assistance Framework and the common country assessment, UNIDO and UNDP will work together to design topics concerning development cooperation.