DHAKA, 7 September 2017 – LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to strengthen collaboration through inclusive and sustainable industrial development to support Bangladesh in becoming a middle-income country by 2021. The Director General also held meetings with high-level representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Industries, Commerce, and Finance.
In the course of the last ten years, UNIDO's technical cooperation with Bangladesh has focused on the national quality infrastructure, including strengthening food safety in the aquaculture sector for increased market access, skills development in the garment and textile sector, and dairy value chain development.
“The Government of Bangladesh acknowledges the leading role that industrialization can play to further advance the inclusive and sustainable development of our country and looks for increased cooperation with UNIDO in the areas of trade capacity-building, agro-industry and value chain development, and sustainable industrial development including the acquisition of the technical skills required by a modern manufacturing sector,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The key role of partnerships in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ways of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals were among topics discussed by Director General Li in his meetings, including those with representatives of the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Country Team, as well as with members of the business sector.
“In recent years, Bangladesh has been very successful in advancing manufacturing growth,” said Li. “The challenge is now to sustain and accelerate this high growth rate and further develop high-potential manufacturing sectors such as the garment industry and agro-industries, including fisheries and livestock.”
Director General Li, who is on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh, recognized the Government's continued support for UNIDO's activities and commended the country's recent progress in inclusive and sustainable industrial development.