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Post-COVID-19: UNIDO to provide targeted support to governments

KARACHI: In order to meet needs of the nations affected by COVID-19 Pandemic the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has developed a new approach which will provide targeted support to national governments to restructure their industrial sector in order to transform and adapt to the changing realities.

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, MD of the Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agribusiness held: “The CIRP is strategically aligned and synergized with UNIDO’s COVID-19 response framework, aiming at preparing and containing, responding and adapting, and recovering and transforming. The extent to which new digital technologies can be used to reconfigure existing manufacturing processes of local enterprises will be fully examined and considered to allow them to become more effective and competitive players in nationally important value chains.” 

UNIDO’s Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation will use the COVID-19 Industrial Recovery Programme (CIRP) as a tool to support the sustainable and inclusive recovery of the industrial sector and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic effects through increased innovation. This CIRP offers a phased approach to industrial recovery that is primarily focused on supporting least developed, low-income and lower middle-income countries.

It consists of five phases:

(i) Assessment and analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the industrial sector;

(ii) Consensus building;

(iii) Developing a national industrial recovery plan;

(iv) Piloting national industrial sector recovery;

(v) Replicating pilot success to achieve national industrial sector recovery.

Aware of the fact that it is unrealistic to envisage that every nation can produce every product or service deemed as critical for the post-COVID-19 recovery phase, a strong regional dimension will be essential.

According to UNIDO, the entity supports regional organizations to develop and implement appropriate regional industrial recovery plans comparable to those to be developed by national governments so as to ensure the development of intra-regional value chains of strategic importance.

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Dr. Iffet Sultana

Prof. Dr. Iffet Sultana PhD (Education), IQRA University, M.Phil. (Environmental Education) IQRA University, Master’s in Educational Administration & Management (University of Karachi). Dr. Iffet Sultana has been associated with IQRA University as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Business Administration since 2013. Her PhD Thesis is on “Girls’ Access & Equity in Primary Education in the Slum Areas of Karachi”. In the past, she has worked for the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan. She has presented numerous research papers in National and International Conferences. Her areas of special interest are Girls’ Education, Inclusive Education, Environmental Education and Gender Studies. She has been actively teaching and stimulating student’s interest in Social Science and Developmental Sciences Subjects including Education, Sociology, Psychology & other Contemporary Subjects. Dr. Sultana is also associated with various NGOs in the capacity of Consultant. Writes for News Pakistan.tv. as Contributing Editor (particularly focusing on the UN International Days.)