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Sixth ISID Forum

Vienna, Austria, 27 November 2017

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
Eighth ISID Forum 29 November 2021
Eighth ISID Forum

Sixth ISID Forum

Vienna, Austria, 27 November 2017

PCP approach: Evolving partnerships for greater impact objective

The Sixth ISID Forum took place as part of the 17th session of the UNIDO General Conference, on 27 November 2017 in Vienna. The event presented an opportunity to discuss UNIDO’s leading role during the entire PCP cycle. The UNIDO Director General officially opened the event with a short intervention, highlighting the PCP as the Organization’s main model to Member States, while making a quick reference to the positive results of the PCP mid-term evaluation.

The Forum provided a strong platform to highlight the key features and value of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) model, and to discuss the way forward for the PCP as an evolving partnership framework for greater development impact. Through the PCP, UNIDO provides advisory services to governments on industry-related issues, leads programme design, delivers multidisciplinary technical assistance, reaches out to potential partners and facilitates overall coordination.

Topics of discussion

The Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) is UNIDO’s multi-stakeholder partnership model aimed at accelerating Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) under the strong leadership of the national governments. A PCP supports the achievement of national industrialization goals, with a focus on a few priority industrial sectors or areas. It is aligned with the national development strategy of the benefiting country and it focuses on creating synergies with ongoing partner programmes relevant to ISID. It is also aligned with the priorities of financial institutions that provide credit lines for large-scale infrastructure development and financing for private investment. 

The PCP is currently being piloted in Ethiopia, Senegal, and Peru. In order to gain experience from all geographical regions, the Organization is in the process of rolling out the PCP to the Arab region, Central Asia and South-East Asia.

The PCP supports countries in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development and attaining the SDGs, with a focus on multi-stakeholder partnerships. From a substantive point of view, the PCP differs from the traditional Country Programmes through a stronger country analysis, a proactive engagement with international financial institutions (IFIs), development finance institutions and the business sector, a much stronger positioning of UNIDO at the core of the host country’s industrial policymaking, and a focus on assisting the government in coordinating flows of resources from public investment (possibly with the support of IFIs) and from private investment.

Against this backdrop, the Sixth ISID Forum focused on the following topics:

  1.  The key features and the value proposition of the PCP as an innovative partnership framework

  2. The progress of the PCPs, emphasizing the PCP as an evolving partnership framework for creating greater development impact

  • Sixth ISID Forum: Opening speech
  • Sixth ISID Forum: Opening speech

    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

  • Moderator

    Zeinab Badawi is a renowned and award winning television and radio journalist and presenter working for BBC. ... Read More

    Keynote remarks

    WANG Shouwen

    Vice Minister of Commerce
    Government of China

    Prior being appointed to his current role in 2015, Wang Shouwen served in various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic cooperation and the Ministry of Commerce. His most recent roles in the Ministry of Commerce include the Director General of the Department of Foreign Trade and Assistant Minister of Commerce. ... Read More

    MOHIELDIN Mahmoud

    Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnership
    World Bank Group

    Mahmoud Mohieldin is the World Bank Group’s Senior Vice-President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships. He served on several boards of directors such as the Central Bank of Egypt as well as the corporate sector. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected as a Young Global Leader o... Read More


    Prior to his current position, Zhang Huarong successively served as Chairman and General Manager of Nanchang Hufang Shoe factory, Jiangxi Huajian Shoes Co., Ltd, Huajian International (Hong Kong) Industrial Company and Dongguan Huajian Shoes Co., Ltd. Zhang has held many social positions including: member of the national committee of Chinese People... Read More

    ABTEW Ahmed

    Minister of Industry

    Ahmed Abtew is the Minister of Industry of Ethiopia. He has over 20 years of experience in high-level government positions. He is the former Deputy Governor of the Amhara Regional State and Head of the Bureau of Industry and Urban Development. He has also worked as Bureau Head of Finance and Economic Development, Bureau Head of Trade, Industry and ... Read More

    Prior to his current role, Marco Velarde Bravo served as the head of the Ministry of Industry’s advisory cabinet, and advisor to the General Directorate of Youth in the Ministry of Education. Velarde Bravo also has experience in development finance, as he also served as an official at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. ... Read More


    Director of Cabinet, Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Industry
    Government of Senegal

    As a certified expert in the Senegalese Order of Experts, he has been a consultant and lecturer for several years before taking up the position of Director of Cabinet in several ministries since 2002. ... Read More


    Global General Manager, Public Services
    SAP SE

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  • Keynote remarks

    Mr. Uttama Savanayana (Ph.D.) Current responsibilities: Minister of Industry Relevant previous functions: Academician, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Vice Minister, Prime Minister’s Office Educational Background Ph.D., Management 1990 School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, U.S.A. M.B.A.,Finance International B... Read More

    Gatilov is responsible for a broad range of multilateral diplomatic matters related to Russia’s participation in the UN, its specialized agencies for international economic, environmental and humanitarian cooperation, and human rights;its UNESCO-related issues; and its interstate cooperation in sport, tourism and culture. Prior to his current role,... Read More


    PRASIDH Cham

    Senior Minister and Minister of Industry and Handicraft
    Government of Cambodia

    Prior to appointment of his current role in 2013, Prasidh served as the Minister of Commerce for 15 years. Prasidh also had extensive high-level roles, including of the Chief Negotiator for Cambodia's Accession to the World Trade Organization, ASEAN Economic Minister for Cambodia, and ASEM Economic Minister for Cambodia. ... Read More

    RYSKULOV Ulanbek

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

    Prior to his current position, Ulanbek Ryskulov headed JSC Kyrgyzneftegaz and the Department of the State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. He also held managerial positions in the companies JSC Sevvodielektrostroy, JSC Rovnoe and Image Plus. ... Read More

    KERTZMAN Debra

    Representative, European Representative Office
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Prior to her current role, Kertzman served as the Director of the ADB’s Strategy, Policy and Interagency Relations Division for 13 years. Kertzman holds a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Doctor of Law from the Columbus School of Law, and a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Government from Boston University. ... Read More

    GAO Hongbing

    Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of AliResearch
    Alibaba Group

    Gao Hongbing is a member of the council of the Center for Informatization Study and a professor at the Zhejiang Provincial Party School and the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong. Gao has extensive experience in drafting informatization development strategies, internet regulations and policies. Prior to joining Alibaba, Gao served as a me... Read More

    DAL SANTO Paolo

    Education Business Development Manager in Europe, Middle East and Africa
    HP Inc.

    Dal Santo has over 20 years of international experience on sales and business development with extensive knowledge in B2B, online and retail sales channels. ... Read More

    SCHOLTÈS Philippe

    Managing Director, Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Philippe Scholtès is the Managing Director of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation at UNIDO. Since joining the Organization in 1988, he has served in various capacities including as Director of the Department of Agri-business Development, UNIDO Representative in Viet Nam, and Regional Director for South Asia in India. Scholtès holds a Ma... Read More


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The Forum consisted of two sessions, totaling 120 minutes. It predominantly encompassed government delegations participating in the Least Developed Countries Ministerial Conference, the General Conference, as well as the donor community attending the Donor Meeting. The Forum invited a limited number of speakers as key partner representatives from the pilot PCPs and the new PCP countries.

The first session of the Forum focused on various features of the PCPs by providing a discussion among the existing PCP countries and drawing opinions of existing and potential partners from the financial institutions and the business sector.

The second session of the Forum provided a discussion among the new PCP countries and drew opinions of potential partners from the financial institutions and the business sector.


The Sixth ISID Forum of UNIDO was held at the Vienna International Centre