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Deputy Prime Minister elected Vice-President of UNIDO

Deputy Prime Minister elected Vice-President of UNIDO
Deputy Prime Minister elected Vice-President of UNIDO
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The Rt. Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, Jotham Napat, Minister for Trade, Tourism, Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Ni-Vanuatu Business has been elected by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as Vice-President to the 8th UNIDO Conference which kicks starts in Abu Dhabi in the next few days from the 1st to the 3rd of November, 2019.
The Deputy Prime Minister has been invited by UNIDO to speak as one of the guest speakers on the theme of industrialization in the framework of Least Developed Countries (LDC) graduation and is expected to inform ministerial meeting on Vanuatu’s graduation strategy as a background towards the country’s graduation in 2020.
In Abu Dhabi the Deputy Prime Minister is expected to lead one of the key panels established by the Director General of UNIDO in addressing the invisibility of Pacific Island countries in UNIDO especially the presence of UNIDO in the small island developing states.
It is important to note that while the role and functions of UNIDO is very important towards supporting in the industrial policy, the actual presence and impact of UNIDO in a number of Pacific Island countries including Vanuatu is very limited.
The Government of Vanuatu through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is committed to renew its solidarity with UNIDO and is willing to provide a platform where UNIDO’s Pacific regional programs can be tailored and designed to meet the country’s development needs and expectation.
In Abu Dhabi Deputy Prime Minister is expected to hold bilateral discussions with the Director General of UNIDO Mr Li Yong and his senior officials to discuss the Vanuatu Country Program that was established by UNIDO way back in 2016 providing a road map where UNIDO’s technical assistance is coordinated on ground to support Vanuatu’s National Sustainable Development Programme (NSDP) efforts.
The Deputy Prime Minister is also expected to hold discussions and consultation with various divisions of UNIDO with a view to intensify and increase their intervention in Vanuatu through the Office of UNIDO Focal Point at the Department of Industry.
This is the first visit of the Deputy Prime Minister abroad since taking his office at the end of May this year. His delegation leaves this afternoon for his official mission.

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