VIENNA – Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented Credentials to Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Li Yong, at the Vienna International Centre on Tuesday (22), gaining credence as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UNIDO.
The Director General Li Yong shared his memories on Sri Lanka and commended the progress achieved under the UNIDO partnered projects, especially in the spheres of environment preservation, climate change action and empowerment of Small and Medium scale enterprises. He also shared the UNIDO’s vision for 2021 and the Organization’s plan of action to promote digital technologies, artificial intelligence and newly emerging technologies setting new frontiers for the developing world, and assured fullest support and cooperation to develop industrial sector of Sri Lanka.
Jayesinghe explained President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, which entails the development of national industrial complex with a view to empower small medium scale entrepreneurs and high degree of readiness, and the tendency of Sri Lankan private sector for green technologies. He also commended the work of the Organization in Sri Lanka and shared information on the growing appetite and ever-increasing interest of national industrial sector to partner with inclusive, tangible, and comprehensive projects and programs of the UNIDO.
He also conveyed Sri Lanka’s readiness to furthering cooperation with the UNIDO at the highest level with a view to adjust with rapidly changing industrial landscape.
Li Yong welcomed Jayesinghe’s proposal and reiterated Organization’s fullest support to assist Sri Lanka to establish modern, state-of-the-art, resilient, and sustainable industries, and ensured the Organization’s readiness to work with Sri Lanka to secure funding for greener technologies namely industrial parks, renewable energy sector, recycling and biomass handling, water purification and ground waste management.
The ceremony was attended by Program Officer of the Regional Coordination Division for Asia and the Pacific Prakash Mishra, Counsellor Charitha Weerasinghe and Second Secretary Mahesh Mahakumarage of the Mission.
-Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka, Vienna