JANUARY 2019 – WAITRO and UNIDO have a long history of working together. In fact, WAITRO was founded under the auspices of UNIDO in 1970. Since then WAITRO and UNIDO have repeatedly joined forces on projects or workshops. To maintain the good relationship, the new Secretary General of WAITRO, Dr. Eckart Bierdümpel visited the UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, Austria. He met with 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 of UNIDO for a strategic meeting on January 18th.
Over several sessions, the following issues were discussed: how to formally engage with WAITRO as an international organization, how to use WAITRO’s Open Innovation Hub 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 UNIDO delegation was the first to learn about WAITRO’s Open Innovation Hub SAIRA in a hands-on session. The high-level meeting strengthened the WAITRO-UNIDO relationship and the commitment to close cooperation.
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