VIENNA, 4 July 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Japan and the African Union Commission hosted the event ‘TICAD7 for SDG9/IDDA III - Partnering with Japan for Africa’s inclusive and sustainable industrialization’ in the Vienna International Centre. The event presented the overall TICAD process and introduced UNIDO’s contribution, including through the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), to TICAD7, which will be held from28 to 30 August 2019 in Yokohama, Japan.
“Our vision is to firmly anchor Africa on a path towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development”, said UNIDO Director General LI Yong. “Partnerships at all levels, including those witnessed today, are essential to achieve our common objectives”.
“TICAD process has many aspects in common with the mandate of UNIDO on promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)”, said Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan Mitsuru Kitano. “Creating synergies between the TICAD process and IDDA III will allow us to scale-up the impact of both processes”.
“TICAD7 is a dynamic partnership framework with African people at the centre”, said Ambassador for TICAD Kiya Masahiko. “TICAD greatly contributes to Africa’s development, while also preserving the principle of African ownership”.
“Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is at the core of the vision for the implementation of IDDA III”, said Namibian Ambassador and Chair of the African Group in Vienna Nada Kruger. “It is important for the panel discussion to allow for a concrete understanding of the need for structural transformation in Africa”.
Other topics discussed during the panel included the necessity of assessing the local situation at hand and adapting prospective projects accordingly; the need for quality education to promote relevant skills for industrial development; etc. Over 200 persons participated in the event, including high-level public and private partners, representatives from international organizations, partner countries, academia, and NGOs.
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