ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has recently been elected to coveted slots in the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) during the 17th session of the general council held in Vienna from Nov 27 to December 1.

Pakistan would now be part of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) for another four years term (2018-21) and the Programme and Budget Committee (PBC) for two years term (2018-19).

In addition, Ayesha Riyaz, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Vienna, was also elected as the Vice-President of the General Conference.

Pakistan has served on the 53-member IDB for 24 years (1986-1987, 1992-2011, 2014-2017). Pakistan has also been on the 27-member PBC for 16 years (1998-1999 and 2002-2015).

Pakistan’s election to the UNIDO policy-making organs is a further demonstration of the international community’s confidence in Pakistan’s credentials at multilateral fora.

Pakistan enjoys an excellent relationship with the UNIDO. The year 2018 will mark 50 years of Pakistan-UNIDO fruitful cooperation. Pakistan will continue cooperating with UNIDO in achieving the targets set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

For developing nations like Pakistan , inclusive and sustainable industrialization plays a pivotal role not only in economic but also in social development, through job creation that reduces poverty and helps decrease inequalities.