On January 13, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held a meeting with the Technical-Consultative Committee of the “Industrial Updating and Modernization Program in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” to report on the progress of this program and on the projects to implement as of 2022.
Present at the meeting were the People’s Power Minister for Food, Carlos Leal Telleria; the Russian Federation Ambassador in Venezuela, Sergey Melik-Bagdasárov; the coordinator of the UNIDO-Venezuela Country Program, Franco Silva; and other members of the Committee.
The director of UNIDO’s Industrial Upgrading and Modernization Program, Farrukh Alimdjanov, participated via telematics from Vienna.
Based on the 2018-2024 Country Program, the international organization has been developing technical cooperation activities in Venezuela in the agricultural and agro-industrial areas.
In his speech, the coordinator of the UNIDO-Venezuela Country Program explained that the industrial upgrading and modernization program in the South American nation would support the industrial development of the value chains of corn, rice, sugarcane, soybeans, and legumes. All by implementing a portfolio of Pilot Projects that seek to improve the production of agricultural inputs, seed processing, the application of technology, and best agricultural practices in primary production, among other initiatives.
The director of the modernization program, for his part, emphasized from the Austrian capital that Venezuela has all the elements and conditions to guarantee its agri-food sovereignty.
UNIDO strengthened the Russian-Venezuelan cooperation
The Russian ambassador stressed the importance his country attaches to the technical assistance provided by UN specialized agencies, particularly this cooperation with Venezuela through UNIDO.
Russia, said the diplomat, is ready to cooperate with Venezuela in other sectors of the national economy.
For his part, Minister Leal Telleria thanked Moscow for supporting the Industrial Updating and Modernization Program in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which seeks the technological renovation of enterprises; Just as the strengthening of human and technical capacities of national institutions and experts.
The program is to have positive expectations of having a positive impact on the country’s economic growth and human development. Also, it should promote the application of similar programs in other sectors of the economy.
The Technical-Consultative Committee of the Industrial Updating and Modernization Program in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela also consists of the People’s Power Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Power Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Foreign Trade; and the People’s Power Ministry of Industries and National Production.