Lima Declaration December 2013
Lima Declaration, December 2013
First ISID Forum 23-24 June 2014
First ISID Forum, 23-24 June 2014
Second ISID Forum 4-5 November 2014
Second ISID Forum 4-5 November 2014
Third ISID Forum 14 July 2015
Third ISID Forum 14 July 2015
Fourth ISID Forum 30 November 2015
Fourth ISID Forum 30 November 2015
Fifth ISID Forum 14-15 November 2016
Fifth ISID Forum 14-15 November 2016
Sixth ISID Forum 27 November 2017
Sixth ISID Forum
Advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum 27 November 2018
Advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum
Seventh ISID Forum 3 November 2019
Seventh ISID Forum


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 3 November 2019, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

UNIDO organises regular forums on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID). These forums bring together UNIDO Member States and partners to engage in a dialogue on various aspects of industrial development, to exchange knowledge, to forge partnerships, and to shape strategies for advancing ISID. The first such Forum was held in 2014. So far, six ISID Forums have been organised by UNIDO. In November 2018, an advanced session of the Seventh ISID Forum entitled “Insights from PCP countries” was held in Vienna, on the sidelines of the forty-sixth session of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board, as a prelude to this year’s event.

The Seventh ISID Forum will feature an interactive discussion on “Partnerships for Industry 2030”. It will take place on 3 November 2019 as part of the eighteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference, being held under the overarching theme of “Industry 2030 – Innovate. Connect. Transform our Future”.

The event will bring together high-level representatives of governments, international and regional organizations supporting industrialization, financial institutions, the business sector, UN entities, and other development partners to share their experience and views.

Please find the Seventh ISID Forum Agenda here.


Please see the biographies below.

  • Moderator
  • Opening speech
  • Session I
  • Session II
  • Seventh ISID Forum: Moderator

    Sarah Kelly is an American journalist and television news anchor. She is the Anchor-at-Large at Deutsche Welle in Berlin, where she hosts the flagship international news programme “DW News” and the talk show “Global Talk”. Previously, Sarah was an anchor and producer at Bloomberg Television in New York. In addition to her journalism, Sarah moderates high-level panels at global conferences, such as the World Economic Forum and the G20. She has been named a German Chancellor Fellow and an Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (magna cum laude) from Columbia University, where she was a trustee scholar.... Read More

  • Seventh ISID Forum: Opening speech

    LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has 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 has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound 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 prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized 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

  • Seventh ISID Forum: Session I

    Souleymane Diarrassouba serves as the Minister of Commerce and Industry for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Before joining the Government in January 2017, Souleymane Diarrassouba was the Managing Director of the Atlantic Business International Group, the financial, control and development holding company of the Atlantic Bank and Insurance entities in Sub-Saharan Africa. His expertise in the banking sector earned him the positions of President of the Federations of Banks of the West African Monetary and Economic Union, President of the Professional Association of Banks and Financial Establishment of Côte d'Ivoire, and Vice-President of the Ivorian Employers' Association. He previously served as Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Trade, Crafts and Small and Medium-Enterprise Promotion, and Minister of Industry and Mining.... Read More

    Mr. Moulay Hafid Elalamy Minister of Industry, Trade, and Green and Digital Economy (since October 2013).  He is also the Founder (1995) and owner of Saham Group, whose main activities include: Insurance, offshoring, healthcare, education and real estate. Former President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM, from 2006 to 2009). He is a graduate in information systems from the University of Sherbrooke, where he was also the governor of the Faculty of Administration.... Read More

    Rocío Alvarado is the Minister of Production of Peru. Previously, she served as Vice-Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and as Executive President of the National Institute of Quality of Peru, among other positions. Minister Barrios has more than 20 years of experience in the Peruvian public administration, including in the Public Ministry, the ... Read More

    SONGWE Vera

    UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary
    United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

    Vera Songwe took up her role as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in 2017 at the level of Under Secretary-General. She has a long-standing track record of providing policy advice on development and a wealth of experience in delivering development results for Africa, as well as a demonstrated strong and clear strate... Read More

    MUCHANGA Mudenda Albert

    Commissioner for Trade and Industry
    African Union Commission

    Albert Muchanga serves as the African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry. Prior to joining the African Union, he held various positions, including with the Zambian Civil Service at home and as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community abroad. As African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, he spearhea... Read More

    Mamadou Traoré serves as the Commissioner for Industry and Trade of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), before which he held the position of Commissioner for Macro-economic Policy and Economic Research at the ECOWAS Commission. Prior to this, he served as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade of Mali (... Read More

  • Seventh ISID Forum: Session II

    NEBEBE Admasu

    State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation
    Government of Ethiopia

    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

    DASHTI Rola

    UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

    Coming soon ... Read More

    MORENO Elisabeth

    Vice-President and Managing Director for Africa
    Hewlett-Packard (HP)

    Elisabeth Moreno is Vice-President and Managing Director for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Inc. Africa. She is responsible for providing country leadership for South Africa and driving profitable growth across the company’s businesses in printing, personal systems and services across the Africa. With more than two decades of experience in the information... Read More

    XUE Man


    XUE Man serves as Vice-President of Huawei. Prior to this, he held various managerial positions within the company such as Account Department Director, Deputy General Manager of the Huawei Shandong Representative Office, General Manager of the Huawei Anhui Representative Office, General Manager of the Huawei Beijing Representative Office, General M... Read More


  1. How can innovative partnerships support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 9 on industry, infrastructure and innovation?

  2. What are the distinct and complementary roles of governments, financial institutions, the private sector, UN entities and other development partners in accelerating industrialization, and how do the various partner initiatives link with the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP)?

  3. How can the PCP facilitate the structural transformation of economies and accelerate the implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III)?


The Forum will consist of two moderated panel discussions.

The first session will look at how multi-stakeholder partnership models, such as UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP), can support the achievement of national development goals, including the realisation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III). The panel will feature high-level government officials from PCP countries in addition to representatives of international and regional organisations.

The second session will highlight how various actors contribute knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources to support the industrialization process, particularly in Africa. The panel will comprise representatives from governments, financial institutions, the private sector, and other development partners.


Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE


For more information on past ISID Forums, click here.

For more information on the PCPs, click here.

For more information on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), click here.