1969 United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Sri Lanka
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) initiated its programme in Sri Lanka in 1969. The agency works for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, promoting poverty reduction through productive activities, trade capacity building and energy and environment.
UNIDO opened a Focal Point Office in 1999 with the objective to facilitate and coordinate an increased UNIDO portfolio in the country. UNIDO interventions have a long history of industrial sector-based value chain development and improved quality infrastructure of Sri Lankan goods and products for the export market. Cleaner production and resource efficiency are also major areas of focus where UNIDO works directly with industrial associations and private corporations.
During the conflict in the North and the East, UNIDO provided extensive hands-on technical training and business development services to farmer associations and women's groups in the Eastern Region to become market-oriented entrepreneurs.