H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, introducing Madam Ambassador as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UNIDO. The organization was created in 1966 as a special organ of the UN and was converted to a UN Specialized Agency in 1985, when also Afghanistan became a member. Since then, UNIDO has supported Afghanistan towards poverty reduction, rural development, strengthened export and trade capacities, agro-business, creation of employment opportunities, industrial governance, private sector development and environment management. Last year, Afghanistan and UNIDO signed a new Country Programming Framework (CPF), which is aligned with Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework 2017-2021. The CPF shall make a meaningful contribution towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Afghanistan, and shall promote the creation of jobs, resource efficiency and green industry. UNIDO and Afghanistan also cooperate on improving the situation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), as well as towards regional and inter-regional connectivity with Afghanistan — a free market economy offering vast opportunities for investment and trade — being located at the crossroads of the Eurasian land bridge, in the Heart of Asia.