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Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry is the nodal department in Government of India for all matters related to UNIDO operations in India. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was set up in 1966 and became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1985, dealing exclusively with industrial development. It focuses its resources and expertise to support developing countries and economies in transition to achieve sustainable industrial development. As a technical cooperation agency, it designs and implements programmes focused on its thematic priorities, which directly respond to global development priorities. Through these thematic priorities, UNIDO addresses some of the key UN Goals. UNIDO currently has 170 Members and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. UNIDO is headed by a Director-General who is elected by the General Conference of UNIDO for a term of four years.

India - UNIDO

India is a founder Member of the UNIDO. It is both a recipient as well as a contributor to the programmes of UNIDO. India contributes to the regular budget of UNIDO. In addition, India also makes an annual voluntary contribution to the Industrial Development Fund (IDF) of UNIDO.

UNIDO Regional Office in India

The UNIDO Regional Office for South Asia, set up in New Delhi on 1st January 2000, covers seven countries – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. UNIDO acts as a focal point to mobilize knowledge, information, skills and technology for promoting productive employment by considering best practices to eliminate common problems of the region. The core elements of UNIDO’s delivery of technical cooperation services in the South Asia region are to focus its activities in harmony with national policy priorities and development strategies; to build strong and long‐term partnerships with donors; to increase UNIDO’ visibility and image in the region; and to focus its assistance in a manner that addresses international development goals, especially the UN Goals for reducing poverty and for promoting implementation of national strategies for sustainable development.

UNIDO - INDIA Country Program - 2018-22 for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID)

The Country Program 2018-22 between the Govt. of India and UNIDO was signed in July, 2019 by the Secretary, DIPP and UNIDO Representative, UNIDO Regional Office India. The UNIDO-India Country Program 2018-2022 is aimed to further forge and strengthen the partnership between UNIDO and the Govt. of India to initiate and facilitate the transition towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development, in particular sectors, regions and value chains. The CP includes the following four Key Results Areas (KRAs):

  1. Productive and resilient Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  2. Solution for Climate, resources and environment
  3. Inclusive and Responsible Value Chains and Businesses
  4. Strategic policy for industrial transformation

International Centre for Inclusive & Sustailable Industrial Development (IC-ISID)

The International Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (IC-ISID), is a joint initiative of the DPIIT and the UNIDO. IC-ISID works to increase industrial competitiveness through technology upgradation, innovation, generation of jobs considering environment protection and access to energy. Since its launch in 2015, ICISID has been working to support productivity and competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), particularly in priority manufacturing sectors.

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