Nigeria recently signed a $60-million country programme for inclusive and sustainable industrial development with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). The former’s industry, trade and investment minister Okechukwu Enelamah and UNIDO director general Li Yong signed the agreement that will guide the latter’s interventions till 2022.
The programme build on the cumulative achievements of past country programme implemented by both sides and collaborate with other government and private development partners, according to Nigerian media reports.
The new country programme, the second in the series of UNIDO’s support to Nigeria, is aligned with the government’s priorities outlined in its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan.
It covers industrial governance, research and statistics; micro, small and medium enterprise development; special economic zones, industrial parks and private sector development; and innovation science and technology management.
Other areas are agro industry and agribusiness development; minerals and metals development; trade capacity building; renewable energy development; and environmental management.
Yong said UNIDO will collaborate with the ministry to mobilise funds and resources for successfully implementing the programme.