Work starts on new UNIDO Sri Lanka Country Program today

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From left: UNIDO Vienna International Centre Senior Research and Industrial Policy Officer Dr. Anders Isaksson, UNIDO Representative Regional Office India Rene Van Berkel, UNIDO Vienna International Centre Asia Pacific Regional Division Chief Ralf Bredel and UNIDO Focal Point Sri Lanka National Director Nawaz Rajabdeen meet in Colombo on 23 January 


  • High-level UNIDO team from Vienna now in Colombo for consultations
  • First meeting with local industries on their needs: UNIDO’s Rajabdeen
  • New program includes UN SDG 9 framework: Vienna’s Bredel 


Pioneering work on UNIDO’s new Country Program for Sri Lanka 2020-’24 commences today, 24 January, in Colombo. 

“UNIDO interventions have a long history of industrial value chain development and improved quality infrastructure of Sri Lankan products. The new country program is based on industry and innovation related Sustainable Development Goals called SDG 9 framework,” said Sri Lanka UNIDO Focal Point National Director Nawaz Rajabdeen yesterday.

Rajabdeen was in discussions with the visiting high level UNIDO team to Colombo which will commence work on the new UNIDO Sri Lanka Country Program 2020-2024 (UNIDOSLCP) today. 

Chief of Regional Division of Asia Pacific-UNIDO Vienna International Centre Ralf Bredel, Senior Research and Industrial Policy Officer – UNIDO Vienna International Centre Dr Anders Isaksson and UNIDO Representative, Regional Office-India Rene Van Berkel are now in Colombo to formulate the UNIDOSLCP ’20-’24.

“Shaping Sri Lanka’s new industrial policy based on the requests and requirements of local industries, adopting green concepts and industrial safety are the pillars of new UNIDOSLCP ’20-’24” said Van Berkel and added: “This is a major support intervention for Sri Lankan industry sector since the last Country Program successfully closed in 2015. The new program is the first such program for Sri Lanka that involves inclusive and sustainable industrial development.”

“Countries in the world are designing their development programs around UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ‘SDG 9 framework’ is the industry-related SDG and the new UNIDOSLCP ’20-’24 work will be created with SDG 9 and local industry needs in mind,” stressed Bredel, and added: “SDGs are the global goals for our own survival. With SDG 9 Framework, Sri Lanka will begin integrating international industry best practices.” 

Rajabdeen stressed of the success of many UNIDO programs and their contribution to Sri Lankan economy. “Among many UNIDO interventions here, Strengthening the Trade Competitiveness of SMEs, Bamboo Processing, Cinnamon Value Chain Mapping and Environment Management on PCB Waste, are four major UNIDO projects that enhanced the local industries. The new UNIDOSLCP ’20-’24 whose work commences on 24 January shall closely assess the needs of local industries and will launch focused projects for  them. We expect to finalise all local industry consultations by May 2020.”

The 17 SDGs established by the United Nations (with a deadline of 2030 to achieve them) are designed to bring about a better world for all people. Goal 9 (infrastructure, industrialisation and innovation) is a driver of productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation.