DAR-ES-SALAAM-- Tanzania has received yet another boost in its industrialization agenda after signing an agreement with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) for a country partnership programme between th organization and the government.

The agreement was signed here Friday by Unido Director-General Li Yong and Tanzania's Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment, Charles Mwijage, at a ceremony witnessed by Tanzanian Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Finance and Planning Minister Dr Philip Mpango, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Dr Augustine Mahiga and the UN resident coordinator, Alvaro Rodrigues.

Yong, who was on his maiden official visit to the country, signed a joint declaration to strengthen the co-operation between Tanzania and Unido in support of the implementation of the country's Development Vision 2025; the Zanzibar Vision 2020, the Sustainable Industrial Development Plan, and its Integrated Industrial Development Strategy 2025 (IIDS 2025).

He told a media conference that he was visiting Tanzania in view of the long outstanding co-operation between Unido and the country.

Prior to the signing of this agreement, I had critical meetings with the Vice President and Mr Mahiga, Mr Mwijage and Dr Mpango and we agreed together on the various matters on industrial development,'' he said, adding that development based on industrialisation would create jobs for the young generation.

The visit by Yong and his delegation created an opportunity to discuss the technical co-operation between Tanzania and Unido in the context of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) following the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the industrialisation of Africa.

Unido is a specialised agency of the United Nations which promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability.