UNIDO-Japan WEBINAR EVENT “PARTNERING FOR ISID: New challenges and opportunities for the UNIDO-Japan cooperation” (29 June - 2 July, 2021)

From 29 June to 2 July, Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) co-organized a Webinar Series under the title of “Partnering for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): New challenges and opportunities for the UNIDO-Japan cooperation.”
This event included a series of three thematic webinars, attended by speakers from various sectors related to industrial development assistance, with short opening and closing sessions. A cumulative total audience of around 630 participated. (Please click here for the opening session.)

In the first webinar on 29 June, speakers from the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the Japan Chemical Industry Association and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. exchanged their views on how to leverage circular economy and carbon neutrality to achieve the SDGs and green recovery.

The 2nd webinar on 1 July, dedicated to industrial skills development, was opened by messages from H.E. Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie, Minister of Technical and Higher Education of Sierra Leone and H.E. Mr. HIMENO Tsutomu, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Sierra Leone. The panelists from Nagoya University, Komatsu Ltd. and Northern Technical College (NORTEC) in Zambia shared their views with UNIDO on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and partnership between sectors to narrow the skills gap, based upon their respective experience in African countries.

The 3rd webinar on 2 July focused on investment promotion and technology transfer under the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives of the Embassy of Colombia in Japan, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Japan and the Embassy of Senegal in Japan, the Director of Industries, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development of Kenya and an Africa advisor in Senegal from ITPO Tokyo demonstrated their experiences of UNIDO-Japan cooperation. From the industry side, panelists from Kaori International Japan Co., Ltd., Chuwa Industrial Co., Ltd. and TSP-Taiyo Co., Ltd., shared good practices and challenges.

In the closing session, Ambassador HIKIHARA Takeshi, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, underlined the importance of the power of collective wisdom to achieve tangible results in development cooperation in this time of unprecedented global crisis. He advocated for sharing expertise and experiences through close dialogue among various stakeholders. He further emphasized the important role of UNIDO with its partnering and convening power, and stated Japan’s expectation for the furtherance of UNIDO-Japan cooperation.
Mr. KUNIYOSHI Hiroshi, Deputy to the Director-General of UNIDO, expressed appreciation on his part for the strong support by the Government of Japan to UNIDO and ISID and his hope that the UNIDO-Japan cooperation will increase in importance.

For further information on the Webinar Series and the presentations held by speakers:
News article of the Permanent Mission of Japan:
UNIDO-Japan WEBINAR EVENT “PARTNERING FOR ISID: New challenges and opportunities for the UNIDO-Japan cooperation”: Opening Session (29 June, 2021)
UNIDO press release:
“PARTNERING FOR ISID: New challenges and opportunities for the UNIDO-Japan cooperation Day 1”
“New challenges and opportunities for the UNIDO-Japan cooperation. Day 2: Joining forces for industrial skills development”
“New challenges and opportunities for the UNIDO-Japan cooperation Day 3: investment and technology transfer under COVID-19”