Islamabad, April 11, 2014 (PPI-OT): The newly appointed UNIDO Representative to Pakistan, Mr. Esam Alqararah paid a courtesy call on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, on 7 April 2014. During the meeting, Mr. Alqararah briefed the Advisor on various initiatives launched by UNIDO to contribute towards industrial development in the country.
He also shared with the Adviser UNIDO’s new vision for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID), as reflected in Lima Declaration made at 15TH Session of UNIDO General Conference held in December 2013, and discussed the modalities for further cooperation and development.
He informed that UNIDO is currently focusing on creative industries, trade promotion, packaging centres, youth skills enhancement as well as sustainable environmental and energy initiatives such as waste water treatment and solar energy in Pakistan.
Mr. Alqararah further informed that under the Trade Related Technical Assistance Programme, which is financed by European Union (EU) and implemented in conjunction with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and International Trade Centre (ITC), UNIDO is providing technical assistance to increase competitiveness in various agro-based sectors such as horticulture and fisheries as well as other selected industrial sectors to meet the compliance requirements of the Pakistani products/goods in global market.
Mr. Alqararah also sought Pakistan’s support as a valuable UNIDO member to linking ISID concept with the ongoing intergovernmental debate on UN’s post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and making it a cardinal principle for global development agenda.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz commended the UNIDO’s initiatives towards sustainable industrial development in Pakistan and underscored the importance of value-addition, technology transfer and capacity building in such initiatives.
The Adviser also stressed the need for adoption and promotion of best practices as well as the replication of successful projects elsewhere in the country instead of launching only pilot projects. The Adviser suggested that UNIDO may establish an International Packaging Center in Pakistan by introducing the best packaging practices in order to bolster Pakistani exports through quality improvement and value addition.
The Adviser further suggested that UNIDO may also help in capacity building in the area of ‘energy audit’ by training energy auditors, particularly from private sector. At the end of meeting, the Adviser wished Mr. Alqararah a fruitful stay in Pakistan and assured him of continued support and cooperation. Other relevant officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNIDO were also present during the meeting.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan