The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and high-level government representatives reaffirmed their commitment to the country’s industrialization goals by announcing the launch of the first UNIDO Country Program for the Philippines. UNIDO Director General LI Yong’s official visit, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Basic Cooperation Agreement (BCA) signed between UNIDO and the Philippine Government in 1993, seeks to support the country’s renewed outlook on the industry sector, and on infrastructure as a key priority.
“Today, we celebrate a sterling partnership, with 25 years of collaboration and cooperation,” said LI Yong. “The Country Program is proof of UNIDO’s continuing support for the Philippines and our common desire to achieve inclusive and environmentally-sustainable growth that will benefit all parts of society, with all people being given equal opportunities for prosperity.”
The Country Program for the Philippines focuses on supporting inclusive, sustainable and innovation-led industrialization; fostering green and resilient industrial communities; and cultivating effective partnerships for inclusive and sustainable development. Ultimately, the Country Program for the Philippines will seek to support the government’s efforts to revitalize manufacturing in selected sectors, and to develop the biotech industry.
UNIDO’s present portfolio in the Philippines covers the industry, energy, environment, and post-disaster economic recovery sectors. UNIDO’s innovations in greening industries and sustainable cities, circular economies, and sustainable consumption and production will also be continued under this Programme. The Program will be implemented from 2018 to 2023.