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India–UNIDO Programme of Cooperation to Boost Competitiveness of Indian Industries

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the government of India recently signed a US$42 million agreement under the UNIDO Country Programme of Technical Cooperation in India 2008-2012.

The Country Programme, aimed at “strengthening the competitiveness and productivity of industrial enterprises,” focuses on eight key areas, including the induction of clean technologies, under a broad framework of “industry and climate change,” which aims at developing a clean-green industry, and measures to introduce energy efficiency and conservation. The five-year flagship programme was signed on behalf of Government of India by Shri Ajay Shankar, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (Ministry of Commerce and Industry), and Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, on behalf of UNIDO, in Vienna, Austria. [Press release]