The program is based on established national industrial development priorities.
VIENNA, Austria, November 30, 2021 / APO Group / –
LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Chipoka Mulenga, Minister of Trade, Trade and Industry of Zambia, signed a five–year Country Partnership Program (PCP) on the occasion of the Eighth Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) during the 19th session of the UNIDO General Conference.
Under the leadership of the Government of Zambia, the PCP will strengthen existing partnerships and forge new ones for the inclusive and sustainable industrial development of Zambia, with the primary objective of contributing to a diversified, competitive, inclusive and sustainable industrial economy. As part of its commitment to the program, the Government of Zambia has pledged more than US $ 20 million as co-financing for the implementation of the PCP objectives, which is expected to mobilize additional resources from development partners. Notably, the PCP and its relevant initiatives have already received support from the governments of China, Sweden, Finland, and Japan, as well as the European Union, among other relevant partners.
Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Mulenga, said: “The PCP comes at an opportune time to accelerate Zambia’s development goals and enhance the country’s industrial productivity through human capital development and added value. in different sectors “. He added that “industrial sectors play an important role in the economic transformation agenda to promote greater inclusion and poverty reduction.”
With the end of the programming phase started in 2019, the launch of the PCP will reinforce the long-standing partnership between UNIDO and Zambia.
“The completion of the programming phase marks an important milestone and I commend the Government of Zambia for its vision and leadership throughout the process,” Li said. He added that “UNIDO, through the PCP, will continue to support Zambia as we move to the next stage of our collaboration.”
Based on the results of the PCP Industrial Diagnostic Study conducted by UNIDO and in accordance with Government priorities, three focus areas were identified:
(i) Promote manufacturing industries and add value to basic products;
(ii) Development of industrial skills;
(iii) Improve the policy environment.
Empowering women and youth and recovering from COVID-19 are cross-cutting themes that will be addressed throughout the implementation of the PCP.
In line with the three focus areas, the multi-stakeholder partnerships promoted under the PCP will largely focus on value chain development, promoting investments for economic diversification, sustainable production processes, green industry and clean and affordable energy, as well as on the evidence base. formulation of industrial policies and governance.
The program is based on established national industrial development priorities. The PCP will support the efforts of the Government of Zambia to achieve its industrial development goals set out in Vision 2030, based on the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) and with the objective of contributing to the implementation of the Eighth National Development Plan (8NDP ), currently under formulation, as well as the 2018 National Industrial Policy.
The newly signed partnership will also serve as the primary action framework for UNIDO to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Strategic Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2016-2022 for Zambia, and its Addendum, i.e. the next Framework. of the United Nations Sustainable Development Country. (UNSDCF) for Zambia, as well as the UN Socio-Economic Response Plan that guides the UN’s efforts to facilitate post-COVID-19 recovery in the country.
In order to guide the implementation of the PCP, the Government of Zambia will establish the National Coordinating Body (NCB) of the PCP, chaired by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry and vice-chair by the Ministry of Finance and National Planning. It will include representatives of all the ministries and national authorities related to the PCP, the private sector, the academic world and the UN Resident Coordinator.
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