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Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) today signed an MoU with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for Inclusive and Sustainable Bamboo Supply Chain Development for its upcoming Bio Refinery at Numaligarh in Assam. The pact was signed in New Delhi by UNIDO representative in India Rene Van Berkel and NRL's Senior Chief General Manager (Marketing and Business Development) Bruno Ekka, an official release said. According to the MoU, UNIDO (headquartered in Vienna, Austria) has agreed to collaborate closely with NRL on matters of mutual interest in order to achieve the common objectives. The objectives include sustainable and efficient bamboo feedstock harvesting, developing collection and distribution value chain including regeneration of quality bamboo stock, developing capacities of the value chain actors as well as government institutions to effectively participate in the development of the bamboo sector, demonstration of viable technologies for primary processing of bamboo at cluster level and expanding access of youths to job-oriented and demand-driven skills focusing on industrial skills development within the bamboo value chain. UNIDO will be working with the identified agencies in the North Eastern states where bamboo will be sourced from the communities by setting micro and mini bamboo processing centers and adding value to the supply chain with other bamboo industry players, the release added.
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