09.08.2012 - ODG

UNESCO and PepsiCo Join Forces for Vocational Training in Myanmar

© UNESCO/Cynthia GuttmanUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, Myanmar, August 2012.

UNESCO and PepsiCo have joined forces in Myanmar to promote vocational training initiatives for youth as the country opens up and undergoes political, economic and social reform.

Meeting with Indra Nooyi, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo in Yangon on 9 August, the Director-General expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership, underlining the importance of collaboration between the public and private sector to increase prosperity and promote sustainable growth.  

“Giving youth the skills they need to secure decent jobs, improve their livelihoods and shape their future is a key to successful national transformation. Private corporate partners have a determining role to play in this ambition, and UNESCO warmly welcomes this new partnership with PepsiCo to show how we can work together for the benefit of Myanmar’s youth, its most valuable resource, ” said Ms Bokova in a public announcement.  

“We are extremely proud to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO to partner on vocational training initiatives in Myanmar,” said Ms Nooyi, at a reception in Yangon hosted by UNESCO for the United Nations country team, the diplomatic corps, civil society and private sector partners. The programs will focus on managerial skills training in areas such as sales, marketing, finance and communications. “These programs will support the country’s development while also strengthening its workforce. By tapping into our combined resources and expertise, we have the potential to help create positive change,” said Ms Nooyi. “We are looking forward to a long and successful collaboration with UNESCO.”




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