June 22, 2018

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and high-level Philippine government representatives reaffirmed their commitment to the country’s industrialization goals by announcing the launch of the first UNIDO Country Programme 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 Programme 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.”

Meanwhile, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary of the Philippines Ernesto M. Pernia recognized the importance of UNIDO’s work in the country, especially in advancing industrial development.

“UNIDO’s presence in the Philippines has been instrumental in fostering an inclusive and sustainable industrial sector. We thank UNIDO for their tireless efforts, most especially in strengthening the value chain linkages in the domestic and global markets that benefit small and medium enterprises of Filipinos,” Pernia said.

He added that UNIDO’s role in developing the industrial sector supports the strategies     of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and recognizes the country’s long-term vision, AmBisyon Natin 2040.

The Country Programme 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 Programme 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 Programme will be implemented from 2018 to 2023.