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    UNIS/OUS/245
    25 June 2014

    Re-issued as received

    UNIDO and Government of Zambia to strengthen cooperation

    VIENNA, 24 June 2014 (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) - Zambia's Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Robert K. Shichinga, and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Li Yong, today signed a joint declaration on advancing cooperation and on preparing and implementing a new country programme.

    The country programme will focus on supporting sustainable pro-poor economic growth through the promotion of a competitive private sector with particular emphasis on industrial infrastructure, at district, provincial and national levels. This will help support the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that have an agro-industrial and value-addition orientation.

    In addition, the programme will enhance UNIDO's support to the Government of Zambia by implementing a road-map towards sustainable and inclusive industrial development.

    As industrialization is a long-term endeavor, which involves many stakeholders, efforts will be made to strengthen synergies and minimize duplication by collaborating with development cooperation partners, state and non-state actors, as well as the private sector in the country. 

    The country programme will also be fully aligned with the aims and objectives of Zambia's Industrialization and job creation strategy developed in 2013, which covers the period from 2013 to 2018, as well as the revised Sixth National Development Plan (2011-2015).

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    For more information, please contact:

    Bashir Condé
    UNIDO Programme Officer
    Email: B.Conde[at]unido.org