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Belarus, UNIDO ink framework cooperation program in Vienna

MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) – A center for international industrial cooperation of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will be opened in Belarus pursuant to the framework cooperation program that Belarus and UNIDO signed in Vienna on 1 October, representatives of the Embassy of Belarus in Austria told BelTA.

The framework program is the organizational basis for stepping up UNIDO’s program activities in Belarus and stipulates specific avenues of joint efforts for 2013-2017 taking into account priorities of Belarus’ social and economic development.

The cooperation areas include environment and power engineering, including resource-effective and clean manufacturing, management of water resources, renewable sources of energy and energy effectiveness, technology training, innovations and development, encouragement of investments and transfer of technologies, development and cooperation of small and medium enterprises, the enhancement of the quality infrastructure, and the enhancement of agricultural food industry, and the automobile industry.

The concretization of UNIDO’s international technical aid projects within the framework of the outlined priorities is an important practical part of the program. In particular, Belarus will take part in the project EaP-GREEN (Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood), which budget stands at €12.5 million with UNIDO’s financial contribution at €0.5 million.

UNIDO is also expected to assist the work to create a national system for technology foresight in Belarus with the total budget of $653,000, with the Belarusian side intending to contribute slightly over $200,000.

Apart from that, the National Center for Technology Transfer and the Belarusian institute for systemic analysis and information support for the scientific and technical spheres will be used to create a center for international industrial cooperation of UNIDO in Belarus. The center will focus on supporting efforts of the government to enhance the competitive ability of production sector enterprises by providing them with technical aid.

Compiling a further list of technical cooperation projects and determining potential sources of funding considering donors and partner organizations of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization will be a task for the near future.