The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has availed a EUR 20,6mln, three year support facility towards Zimbabwe’s industrialization country programme.
The programme which will run from 2016 to 2019 is aimed at enhancing capacity on industrialization intelligence and support the design of an industrial development strategy.
UNIDO chief Africa bureau LCD coordinator Edme Koffi told a breakfast meeting that the strategy will support value addition, quality infrastructure and access to comparative markets for selected value chains.
“The program of Zimbabwe focus on ….industrial upgrading and modernization, improvement of industrial statistics in Zimbabwe, support green development, industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy development,” he said.
He said the organisation has already secured seed money for the programme.
Koffi said the programme will also focus on pharmaceutical sector recovery and competitiveness.
Under the Zimbabwe industrialization programme, the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency is set to have its system upgraded to meet global standards.
ZimStat is a corporate body that was established through the Census and Statistics Act of 2007 and is the agency and main source of official statistics in Zimbabwe, mandated to play a coordination and supervisory role within the National Statistical System.
Director of Standards and Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Florence Makombe, said the programme is expected to enhance capacities on industrialization intelligence and support the design of an industrial development strategy.
“…and upgrade Capacity of ZIMSTAT in data collection, processing, analysis and use of statistics aligned to global standards,’ she said.
Makombe said the CP will cover technical support and industrial policy review and set up policy framework for the implementation of industrial review and improve mechanism to systematically update and maintain the ZIMSTAT Business Register and carryout periodic surveys and censuses,.
“We went to support industrial policy review and set up policy framework for the implementation of industrial review. We want to support value addition, value chain and the national quality system and also support industrial guarding and modernizing programme.” she said.
The components will also cover a priviledge industrial system and business response to climate change pharmaceutical industry recovery and competitiveness.
The programme which is set to be launched soon is built on the achievements of past UNIDO projects and programs in the country and will also see capacity of ministries and other stakeholders that generate, collect and use Industrial Statistics improved.
Koffi said through the Zimbabwe CP, UNIDO planned to use its mandate effectively and in particular to assist Zimbabwe industrialize in a socially inclusive manner in alignment with national priorities as outlined in the ZimAsset 2013- 2018 blueprint ,the industrial development policy 2012-2016 as well as Zimbabwe United Nations Development Framework.
The CP will also upgrade the Capacity of Technical Service Providers targeting SMEs and to benefit up to 30 SMEs ,in textile, garment, leather and food processing.
UNIDO is a specialized united nations agency whose primary objective is to promote and accelerate industrial development in developing countries as well as those with economies in transition.