The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Li Yong, is scheduled to sign a $60m new Country Programme for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (2018 – 2022) with the Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday, November 19.
Information reaching us at Greenbarge Reporters showed that the signing of the programme will be one of the major engagements of the UNIOD boss, who is due to arrive Nigeria on an official visit the same day.
The new Country Programme is believed to be the second in the series of UNIDO’s support to the Government of Nigeria and is aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s drive towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID).
It is also aligned to the priorities of the Federal Government as outlined in the Nigeria Vision 20:2020, Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP).
It is designed to build on the cumulative achievements of past Country Service Frameworks and Country Programme implemented by UNIDO.
The new Country Programme comprises nine programmatic components. These are: industrial governance, research and statistics programme; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises development programme; Special Economic Zones (SEZs),industrial parks and private sector development programme; innovation, science and technology management programme; agro-industry and agribusiness development programme; minerals and metals development programme; trade capacity building programme; renewable energy development programme and environmental management programme.