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Friday, 08 April 2011

European Commission and UNIDO to Work Closer on Accelerating Industrialization of Africa

The Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, said that the Commission would work closer with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to accelerate the industrialization of Africa. Tajani was addressing the 19th Conference of African Ministers of Industry (CAMI 19) taking place in Algiers from 30 to 31 March. The event brought together some 35 African Ministers of Trade and Industry and heads of delegations from over 40 countries of the continent. Tajani said the European Commission and UNIDO had “reached a broad consensus” and were “working together in a positive spirit and with the necessary ambition”. The EU Commissioner said he had discussed with UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, co-organizing in 2012 a high-level conference on industrial cooperation that would bring together the African Union (AU), the EU, and UNIDO to develop a joint EU-AU action plan to accelerate the industrialization of Africa. […] In its Action Plan for 2011-2013, the November 2010 Africa-EU Heads of State Summit in Tripoli recognized UNIDO as a major partner. “Since its establishment by an agreement in 1993, our partnership has considerably developed. From 2001 to 2010, the EU has approved around EUR 100 million for UNIDO technical cooperation programmes for the benefit of developing countries around the world, with particular attention to Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP),” said Yumkella.

Source: UN Brussels