During a three-day visit to Tanzania, UNIDO Director General LI Yong had talks with Tanzaian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan on means of enhancing strategic partnership as well as cooperation to realize industrial development.
The talks also tackled sustainable solutions that UNIDO can offer to support the efforts being exerted by the African state.
“The efforts that are being made by the government to propel industrial development forward, including through infrastructure development, are very commendable” said LI Yong.
LI Yong also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Augustine P. Mahiga; Minister of Finance and Planning Philip Mpango, and Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage.
They discussed the need to reinforce multilateral partnerships for inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and the role of South-South industrial cooperation in strengthening technology and knowledge transfer.
LI Yong signed a joint declaration with Tanzania to strengthen bilateral cooperation to implement Tanzania's Development Vision 2025; the Zanzibar Vision 2020; the Sustainable Industrial Development Plan, and its Integrated Industrial Development Strategy 2025 (IIDS 2025).
Speaking during the signing ceremony, LI Yong highlighted that the declaration was occurring at a time when the need to bolster industrialization has been loudly echoed by the international community as demonstrated by the recent United Nations General Assembly proclamation of the period between 2016 and 2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), as well as the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 9 in 2015, which is focused on building resilient infrastructure, promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering of innovation.
LI Yong further stated the organization’s commitment to work closely with the government to implement selected activities, including in areas such as agro industries development, renewable energy development, investment promotion, capacity building for industrial policy and strategy development and management and youth entrepreneurship.
Mwijage highlighted the government’s commitment to promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development, stressing he was looking forward to strengthening the collaboration between UNIDO and Tanzania. “UNIDO has been a long standing partner and the Ministry of Industry has collaborated with the organization in various areas,” Mwijage said. He reiterated the government’s commitment to working with UNIDO in various areas in line with the country’s policies, strategies and plans including the 2nd Five Year Development Plan (2016-2021).
The UNIDO chief also held meetings with representatives of the private sector, civil society and the UN Country Management Team.
Following the meetings in Dar es Salaam, Director General LI travelled to Zanzibar where he met with President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein and Minister of Industry, Trade and Marketing Amina Ali.
The talks tackled the need for enhanced cooperation in favor of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Zanzibar. As part of UNIDO’s support to seaweed farmers in Zanzibar, over 90% of whom are women, farmer and processor associations received harvesting and processing equipment worth almost 180 million Tanzanian Shillings (approx. USD 80,000) from the organization.