The UN Resident’s Coordinator’s Office in Lebanon issued the below “Media Advisory on Celebrating Results of UN Productive Sectors Development Program”:

What: Closing ceremony announcing the completion of the first phase of the joint UN Productive Sectors Development Programme, co-implemented by UNIDO, FAO, UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF and ILO, and generously funded by the Government of Canada, and celebrating main results and achievements.

When: Tuesday 16 April 2024 at 9:30 AM.

Where: UN House, ESCWA Premises, B1 level, Main Conference Hall (

Who: The closing ceremony to be held from 9:30 AM till 12:30 AM, will feature:

Opening remarks by Mr. Imran Riza, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon.

Opening remarks by H.E. Mrs. Stefanie McCollum, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon;

Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr. George Bouchikian, Minister of Industry; H.E. Mr. Amin Salam, Minister of Economy and Trade; and H.E. Mr. Abbas Hajj Hassan, Minister of Agricu

Presentation of PSDP results.

Award distribution in recognition of high-achieving beneficiaries from the PSDP project.

Panel Discussions on PSDP’s Stories of Change.

Participants will also include high-level representatives at the ministerial level and delegates from ministries; civil society organizations; Medium and Small Enterprises (MSMEs); the private sector; representatives of Embassies, UN agencies, and the media.

Please note that the closing ceremony at the UN House will be followed by the inauguration of the PSDP booth by Caretaker Prime Minister of Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati, at HORECA, seaside Arena, Biel at 3.30 PM, in the presence of H.E. Mrs. Stefanie McCollum and Mr. Imran Riza.

Why: The event held under the overall theme ‘Celebrating PSDP results’, will showcase the results of the joint UN Programme under its MICRO, MESO and MACRO levels, highlighting the technical and financial support provided to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), agricultural cooperatives, sta
rt-ups, youth and farmers that helped hone their farming and industrial skills and created economic opportunities.

The Productive Sectors Development Program (PSDP) is a pilot project implemented in its first phase throughout 2020-2023 by UNIDO, FAO, UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF and ILO offices in Lebanon with the generous funding from Canada. The program aims to create jobs and economically empower women and youth in disadvantaged areas in Lebanon in the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Language: Arabic. Live interpretation from/to English/Arabic will be provided.

Media partners who wish to physically attend the event are kindly requested to send their full name and the name of the media outlet they are representing to Mr. Georges Assaker ( by Monday 15 April noon max. For those attending, kindly make sure to bring your ID with you to be able to claim your badges and ensure your smooth entrance to the UN house.

For more information and inquiries about the event, please contact Ms. Nada
Barakat, Private Sector Expert, UN Resident Coordinator Office, +961-70-201272.

Source: National news agency – Lebanon