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VIENNA, November 29 (Itar-Tass) — Russia plans to tap the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s potential to expand cooperation with BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, who led the Russian delegation to the UNIDO General Conference that opened on Monday, told Itar-Tass.
Among promising projects that will be implemented under the UNIDO aegis he emphasized the project on the creation of an innovative technological centre for small and medium enterprises of Russia and Brazil.
The project fully conforms to the declaration of the BRICS summit in 2011.
“Cooperation with BRICS nations is the priority for us and we are ready in every possible way to boost our relations with the countries, including that under the UNIDO umbrella,” he said noting that BRICS countries “expressed readiness to search for joint directions within the framework of BRICS that could be used for the needs of developing countries in the future.”
“In this respect UNIDO can create a good platform for stepping up cooperation among BRICS countries. At first, it is necessary to determine at the expert level what industrial areas can be of mutual interest for us and then using our advantages in different areas to propose on behalf of BRICS relevant projects and programs for developing countries,” Gatilov said.
The diplomat noted that “the preparation of regional programs and proposals for resolving environmental problems through the resources of the Global Environment Fund” can be one more idea of deeper cooperation between Russia and UNIDO.