Director General on mission to Finland
HELSINKI, 20 October 2014 – In continuation of the already existing close cooperation, UNIDO and the Government of Finland agreed to assist the economic development and trade capacity of Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Finland will provide EUR 4.2 million to support UNIDO in the years 2014 and 2015 in the programme areas of trade capacity-building, food security through agribusiness and agro-industry, as well as the creation of green employment through sustainable forest utilization and management.The Director General, LI Yong, and Lenita Toivakka, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, exchanged letters confirming the agreement during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Director General on mission to Czech Republic
PRAGUE, 15 October 2014 - The Director General LI Yong met with Jan Mladek, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic to discuss areas of cooperation and agree on future joint activities. The Minister expressed a strong interest in deepening cooperation with UNIDO, explaining that the Czech Republic, as an industrial country, is ready to share its development experiences with other partners worldwide using UNIDO platforms and mechanisms. The Director General emphasized the crucial importance of involving the private sector into technical cooperation activities through various instruments, such as investment and trade fairs for stimulating business matching and information exchange, study tours, strengthening public-private partnership, experience sharing, capacity building of business support institutions, interaction through UNIDO’s field network, and piloting holistic country programmes. It was agreed that in 2015 the Czech Republic will host a seminar to discuss concrete opportunities for cooperation with the private sector. The meeting was also a strong indication that the Czech Republic is an important donor and partner for promoting technical cooperation in recipient countries.
PRAGUE, 15 October 2014 - The Director General LI Yong met with Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The Director General thanked the Deputy Minister for his support to UNIDO’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and expressed commitment to the strong relationship between the Czech Republic and UNIDO. The Deputy Minister spoke of the importance of industry to the Czech economy, as well as for development in the region and globally. The Czech Republic’s prioritises assistance to the Western Balkans, Mongolia, Georgia and Vietnam and is keen to promote the Czech private sector’s involvement in UNIDO technical cooperation activities. The joint organization of a seminar to explore how different stakeholders from the Czech Republic can work with UNIDO on various issues and projects.
PRAGUE, 15 October 2014 - During the East-West Business Forum 2014: Latin America, the Director General delivered a speech on "Inclusive and sustainable industrial development – A powerful force in the Post-2015 development agenda and the role of developed countries."
Director General on mission to Slovakia
BRATISLAVA,13 October 2014 - Director General LI Yong met with Peter Javorchik, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia. The meeting was a strong indication of the willingness of both parties to work together and cooperate in the design and implementation of technical cooperation projects, and in global forum activities, especially those promoting SME outreach. Slovakia is ready to cooperate on waste water management or in the agri-business technical cooperation projects and is also interested in future collaboration on projects to support and promote SMEs. Director General LI Yong welcomed the prospect of partnerships with the private sector of Slovakia in UNIDO technical cooperation project implementation. The Director General briefed the State Secretary on UNIDO’s thematic priorities and provided an update of the global discussions on the Post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 9 on industrialization, infrastructure and innovation.
BRATISLAVA,13 October 2014 - Director General LI Yong met with Rastislav Chovanec (second left), State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of Slovakia to discuss cooperation and support for a UNIDO technical cooperation projects in the area of waste water management or the agro-food industrial sector. In terms of future joint activities in UNIDO technical cooperation projects, the Government of Slovakia has agreed to propose areas of collaboration in thematic areas aligned with the priorities of Slovak Aid. The State Secretary also highlighted the importance of SME support and promotion as an area of future cooperation. Both parties agreed that UNIDO should take advantage of the accumulated experience and expertise of the Slovakian private sector in its project implementation activities.
Director General on mission to Italy
VERONA, 8 October 2014 - During the Efficiency Summit's first session, Director General LI Yong delivered a keynote address on energy efficiency and climate change.
VERONA, 8 October 2014 - The Director General met with Enrico Morando, Deputy Minister of Economics and Finance of Italy. They discussed the possibilities of further strengthening collaboration between UNIDO and Italian Institutions and Agencies working in the field of sustainable energy, cleaner production and investment promotion, with a particular focus on Africa.
Director General attends the opening of the cultural week of Silk Road Economic Belt
VIENNA, 6 October 2014 - Director General Li delivered welcome remarks at the opening of the cultural week of China's Silk Road Economic Belt.
Director General at the EU-UNIDO high-level review meeting
VIENNA, 6 October 2014 - Director General Li met with Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development of the European Commission at the EU-UNIDO high-level review meeting. They emphasized the successful partnership between the EU and UNIDO over the last ten years.