Cambodia, UNIDO Partner to Foster Eco-Industrial Park Development

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has partnered with the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI) to embark on the creation of an eco-industrial park (EIPs) in Cambodia. The initiative aims to foster sustainable industrial development by integrating environmental protection, resource efficiency, and economic prosperity. This cooperation was discussed in a meeting held here on Mar. 26 between H.E. Hem Vanndy, Minister of MISTI and a UNIDO delegation led by its Country Director Mr. Sok Narin. UNIDO has received approval from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to launch a scoping mission for the development of a green industrial park in Cambodia. Ongoing missions led by the head of Indonesia-based UNIDO Technical Advisor will consult with stakeholders to assess potential SEZs for project implementation. Consultants will study 6 to 10 SEZs based on UNIDO's 64 standards to select a SEZ for the Green Industrial Park project. This one-year pi lot project has the potential to serve as a model for promoting the development of green industrial parks in other parts of Cambodia. Mr. Sok Narin said that the Green Industrial Park focuses on implementing the principles of circular economy and optimising the use of resources, and UNIDO will build on its expertise from the implementation of green industrial park projects in seven countries, including Vietnam and Indonesia. For his part, H.E Hem Vanndy lauded the project, saying that the strategic location of the special economic zone for the pilot project should be based on Cambodia's competitive advantage to ensure the success of the project. Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse