By Antoinette Sendolo
In an effort to empower Liberian returnees, the United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently ended a two week training workshop for returnees aimed at building their capacities in order to make them self reliance.
The United Nations Industrial Development training workshop which brought together several Liberia returnees educated the participants on how to produce clay and recycle plastic and paper beads, synthetic dye and Acrylic print amongst others based on their area of interest.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, one of the trainers who an expert on design and product- development Lidwina Dox encouraged participants to put to work what they have learned over the two weeks period noting that it will help them produce products of their own.
She noted that with the knowledge acquired, participants can now start a business of their own something she said will help them have an improved live condition.
Lidwina Dox added that it is important for Liberia to be known by her culture and as such, the participants should take advantage of what they have been thought in order to portray the identity of Liberia through their works and products.
She noted that Liberia is believed to be far delayed in terms of development among other developing countries and as such, young people need to prioritize entrepreneurship in order to be self employed.
Madam Dox added that as the United Nations industrial Organization tries to empower Liberia returnees, it is expected that returnees will have quality knowledge on producing their own products and be self reliance rather than being government’s responsibility.
Meanwhile, Participants at the training have expressed serious excitement of the level of work UNIDO has done in ensuring that Liberian returnees have a better living standard.
The participants however promised to practice all they have learned in order to make Liberia a better place due to the skills they have acquired from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.
The Organization is recognized as a specialized and efficient provider of key services meeting the interlinked challenges of reducing poverty through productive activities, integrating developing countries in global trade through trade capacity-building, fostering environmental sustainability in industry, and improving access to clean energy.