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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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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.