UNDP Adviser awarded for contribution to socio-economic development in Ha Giang

13 Feb 2001

HA Noi -  A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Senior Technical Adviser recently received a Certificate of Merit (Bang Khen) from the Provincial People's Committee of Ha Giang, in recognition for his ongoing contribution to the socio-economic development of Ha Giang Province. Mr Rab Nawaz, an adviser from Pakistan, was also commended for his role in the successful implementation of the Ha Giang Development Project for Ethnic Minorities.

The Certificate of Merit, the highest certificate a provincial Government authority can confer in Viet Nam, was presented by the Vice-Chairman of the Ha Giang Provincial People's Committee (PPC), Mr Hoang Dinh Cham, in a ceremony on 7 February 2001.

Mr Rab Nawaz has been working as a UNDP adviser in Ha Giang since 1998. UNDP provided US$2 million in funding for the project, Capacity Development for Hunger Eradication and Poverty Reduction in Ha Giang Province, to assist the provincial Government in strengthening the planning, coordination and implementation capacity for donor and Government-funded development programmes. The project is being implemented in conjunction with the
Ha Giang Development Project for Ethnic Minorities, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Swedish International Development Agency. This is a unique example of close donor collaboration from formulation to implementation in one of the most remote and poorest provinces of Viet Nam.

Mr Nawaz is working with the UNDP to assist the provincial Government and Project Coordination Unit in all aspects of project implementation. He assisted the provincial Government in introducing appropriate policy changes to enable the effective targeting of the poverty-stricken and women in poverty, and introduced appropriate participatory approaches derived from regional experience in participatory poverty elimination projects. Mr Nawaz also coordinated and supervised national and international technical assistance, and served as the focal point between donors, provincial Government, the Project Coordination Unit and visiting UN missions.

Mr Edouard Wattez, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in
Viet Nam, congratulated Mr Nawaz on his award and expressed his delight in the "recognition of the continued efforts of one of the many wonderful international and national advisers working with UNDP throughout Viet Nam and the region." Mr Wattez also emphasized the "excellent example of very effective and successful South-South cooperation that the work of Mr Nawaz represents."

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