Visiting Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Li Yong paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP at his office today (06 September 2017). A former Chinese public servant Li Yong will assume his second term as UNIDO DG in November 2017.
Foreign Minister welcomed the Director General and his delegation to Bangladesh and congratulated him for being re-elected for the second term. He appreciated UNIDO’s role in the sustainable industrial development of its member states, particularly for the LDCs. Minister Ali sought more support of UNIDO for the enhancement of Bangladesh’s industrial productivity, with quality improvements to ensure export competitiveness in different sectors. Referring to various incentives offered to the investors (both local and foreign) in the 100 Special Economic Zones and Industrial / Technology (i.e., IT) Parks in the making in the country, Bangladesh Foreign Minister stressed on greater engagement by UNIDO, particularly in finding the ‘right technology’ to achieve required level of sustainable industrial development in Bangladesh in line with Vision 2021 (i.e., to be a Middle Income Country by 2021). Foreign Minister also highlighted the progress and development that were taking place in Bangladesh’s socio-economic sectors under the visionary leadership of Bangabandhu’s Daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Proposal for Bangladesh’s inclusion in the UNIDO’s Partnership Country Programme (PCP) from the Asia-Pacific region was also discussed during the meeting.
Terming the country’s socio-economic progress ‘very encouraging’, UNIDO Director General appreciated Bangladesh’s role in the UNIDO and its strong support to the organization’s policies and strategies. He stated that UNIDO would continue to provide required support to Bangladesh in the achievement of sustainable industrial development and inclusive growth. He emphasized that to be included in the PCP country list, strong government commitment engaging all line ministries having direct linkages to industrialization would be important. He also underscored the need for support to develop the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Bangladesh. He expressed optimism that the cooperation between Bangladesh and UNIDO would grow further through effective partnership in the coming days.