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Cooperation in the area of energy, particularly bio-energy, was the focus of discussions between UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Ambassador AndrĂ© Amado, Under-Secretary General for Energy and High Technology, Brazilian Foreign Ministry, during the international energy conference in Vienna this week.
Ambassador Amado explained the developments that have taken place in Brazil in this regard and said Brazil was ready to share its knowledge with other developing countries, especially in Africa. Brazil is already cooperating on bio-energy with Ethiopia, with the support of the European Union, and with Senegal and Guinea Bissau, with support of the United States.
The Director-General and Ambassador Amado agreed to explore the possibility of expanding cooperation through UNIDO in Africa. Feasibility studies, including value chain analysis, could launch this process. Issues relating to technology transfer, bio-energy and agribusiness would also be explored, targeting priority commodities such as sugar, palm oil, cassava and jatropha.
Director-General Yumkella said he was exploring the possibility of opening an office in Brazil with the aim of promoting South-South cooperation. His visit to Brazil later this year would be an opportunity for further and more in-depth discussions.
Additional information: UNIDO web site
News date: 26/06/2009