The new Secretary General of WAITRO, Dr. Eckart Bierdümpel, visited UNIDO for a strategic meeting on January 18th after having refreshed the UNIDO WAITRO connection during the 24th WAITRO General Assembly in Penang. The meeting was attended by the WAITRO Office Germany as well as Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, Raymond Tavares, Industrial Development Officer and Olga Memedovic, Deputy Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation. The following issues were discussed: how to formally engage with WAITRO as an international organization, how to use SAIRA to enhance UNIDO projects, how to collaborate on training courses and capacity building programs, and how to get better access to and raise awareness in the respective networks. The long-term goal for UNIDO and WAITRO is to sign a formal agreement of collaboration.