UNDP Regional Chief on Visit

Apr 19, 2000

Ha Noi - The Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Nay Htun, arrived here this afternoon for a short visit to Viet Nam.

During his stay, Mr Nay Htun, who is also United Nations Assistant Secretary-General will pay a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam and also visit the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Dy Nien.

Mr Nay Htun will subsequently meet with the Minister of Planning and Investment, Tran Xuan Gia to review on-going and discuss UNDP assistance to Viet Nam for the next five years, 2001-2005.

"Mr Nay Htun arrives at a significant time for UNDP-Viet Nam co-operation," said UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam Edouard A. Wattez. "Since September last year, UNDP has been assisting the Government of Viet Nam in preparing research-based policy advice for the new ten year socio-economic development strategy, covering the period of 2001-2010.

"Mr Nay Htun has been in his present position since 1994. He is responsible for managing about US$400 million per year of technical co-operation assistance through 24 UNDP country offices in Asia and the Pacific. For him, Viet Nam has been always of high priority."

The UNDP Regional Chief will also be meeting with the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Chu Tuan Nha to discuss co-operation on environment matters. Mr Nay Htun, who served as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme in early 1990s, is particularly pleased with the success of the Partnership Conference on the Environment, which was organised in Ha Noi earlier this month by the Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), with the support from UNDP.

Mr Nay Htun will also meet with Chairman of the Office of the National Assembly, Vu Mao to discuss cooperation on governance matters.

Through a unique network of 134 country offices, UNDP helps people in 174 countries and territories to help themselves, focusing on governance, poverty alleviation, environmental regeneration, job creation and the advancement of women. In support of these goals, UNDP is frequently asked to assist in promoting sound governance and market development and to support rebuilding societies in the aftermath of war and humanitarian emergencies.

In Viet Nam, UNDP has been working closely with the Government since 1977, first in helping to reconstruct the country's infrastructure following the devastating years of war and then by providing valuable, non-partisan advice as Viet Nam embarked on its open door policy of doi moi in 1986.
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