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UNIDO work and achievements in Pakistan

By Muhammad Adnan Khan

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is specialized agency in the United Nations system. The Organization’s primary objective is the promotion and acceleration of industrial development in developing countries and countries with economies in transition and the promotion of international industrial cooperation.
It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.UNIDO Pakistan setup Established in 1968 the office has extensive and successful experience in industrial development cooperation. This experience has been gained through a continuous interaction with the public and private sectors and by implementing over 50 projects covering many industrial sectors. The projects aim at building indigenous (human and/or institutional) capacity to enhance the industrialization process of Pakistan in a sustainable way. he UNIDO Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme focuses on integrating women into highly non-traditional sectors such as marble, gems/jewelry and home textiles by applying a UNIDO value chain analysis model and implementing innovative strategies to train and connect women with the value chain as producers and entrepreneurs and as productive members of industry. Delivering as One UN is about UN partners working together more closely to increase effectiveness – improved results – relevance – alignment with national priorities – and efficiency – reduced duplication and transactions costs – at country, regional and global levels. It is that part of the package of UN reforms dealing with the work of the development agencies.
In 2006, the Government of Pakistan volunteered to become a Delivering as One pilot country. The first One UN Programme (2009-2012), referred to as OP II, was signed on 4 February 2009 in the presence of the UN Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The second One UN Programme 2013-2017, signed in December 2012, is aligned with national political processes and both national and sub-national develop priorities, frameworks and strategies.
It is a national programme framework of the UN system in Pakistan, with a strong focus on the sub-national level.
In order to better provide support at the provincial level, as well as the federal level, join Government-UN Steering Committees were established for the federal level and for each administrative area. These pro-vide oversight and strategic guidance to the UN programme and the administrative area. On the basis of extensive consultations with federal and provincial Governments, in addition to other stakeholders, six key goals where identified in which the UN has a comparative advantage and can significantly support progress over the five-year implementation period.
Delivering as One UN is about UN partners working together more closely to increase effectiveness – improved results – relevance – alignment with national priorities – and efficiency – reduced duplication and transactions costs – at country, regional and global levels. It is that part of the package of UN reforms dealing with the work of the development agencies. In 2006, the Government of Pakistan volunteered to become a Delivering as One pilot country. The first One UN Programme (2009-2012), referred to as OP II, was signed on 4 February 2009 in the presence of the UN Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The second One UN Programme 2013-2017, signed in December 2012, is aligned with national political processes and both national and sub-national develop priorities, frameworks and strategies. It is a national programme framework of the UN system in Pakistan, with a strong focus on the sub-national level.
In order to better provide support at the provincial level, as well as the federal level, join Government-UN Steering Committees were established for the federal level and for each administrative area. These pro-vide oversight and strategic guidance to the UN programme and the administrative area. On the basis of extensive consultations with federal and provincial Governments, in addition to other stakeholders, six key goals where identified in which the UN has a comparative advantage and can significantly support progress over the five-year implementation period.
UNIDO launching ceremony of Advocacy Campaign on “Women in Green Industry was held at Islamabad on 25 October.On this occasion Khizar Hayat Gondal, Federal Secretary for Industries & Production while addressing to the participants and said that government was working on a new SME policy in consultation with all stakeholders that would focus on mainstreaming women in SMEs, especially in green industry. He was addressing as Chief Guest at the launching ceremony of Advocacy Campaign on “Women in Green Industry” which was organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO Pakistan) in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry under its Global Cleantech Innovation Program 2016.
The Federal Secretary said that women were 94 million of Pakistan’s total population and their gainful employment; especially in green industry was of paramount importance for sustainable industrial devel-opment and more job creation. He said the new SME policy will address gender issues to enhance the role of women in entrepreneurial activities for their economic empowerment. He assured that his ministry would fully support UNIDO in proper implementation of this initiative that will pave way for green growth and sustainable economic development of the country. He said that as green industry has the potential to deliver on both environmental and economic objectives of the economy through improved energy security and sustainable environment
Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that a growing body of evidence has shown that increased participation of women in SMEs has highly positive impact on the economic growth of a country and government should take strong policy measures to promote women entrepreneurship in the country. He said access to Finance was major factor preventing women from starting their own businesses. He highlighted limited access to information and mentorship, small professional networks, limited business development skills, limited marketing platforms, social and cultural barriers etc. as other major hurdles in the wary of mainstreaming women in entrepreneurship. He stressed upon the government to look into these issues for urgent remedial measures to create a conducive environment for women entrepreneurs in the country. He assured that ICCI would fully support UNIDO’s mandate for green industry aiming at gender mainstreaming for inclusive industrial development
Essam Alqarara UNIDO Representative said that the enabling policy environment coupled with deliberate action by government, private sector and development practitioners are necessary to utilize the full potential of women’s participation in green growth. He said that women are important agents of change and a more equal inclusion of both women and men would propel green industry leading to better development outcomes for the country. The advocacy campaign is a first step towards more intensive interventions in the industrial sector of Pakistan to meet Vision 2025 and Sustainable Development Goals 2030 to ensure equal & full participation of women in development of Pakistan. This event was organized under delivering as one UN programme



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