UNDP to Tap on ESCAP's Regional Experiences in Supporting Government Reform Efforts

11 Dec 2001

Ha Noi - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have agreed to further enhance their partnership in providing policy advice to the Government of Viet Nam in support of its reforms. A UNDP -funded project to facilitate such a partnership was signed here this morning by UNDP Resident Representative Edouard A. Wattez and ESCAP Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su, who is currently on an official visit to Viet Nam

The new UNDP Country Cooperation Framework for 2001-2005 puts a particular emphasis on UNDP's role of providing the Government with high-quality advisory services for the design and operationalization of crucial reform strategies, policies and agendas,” said the UNDP Resident Representative.

This project will allow UNDP to tap on the expertise and experiences of ESCAP in conducting policy-based research initiatives and in providing advisory services to deal with high priority challenges to national development. Under this project, UNDP will work jointly with ESCAP in conducting a number of policy-based research initiatives and workshops, thus swiftly responding to Government needs for advisory services. These research activities and advisory services will provide analytical inputs into the national policy planning and formulation processes. As the Government of Viet Nam has expressed keen interest in benefiting from the lessons learned by other countries - in particular in the ASEAN region - in designing reforms and assessing their possible implications, ESCAP regional experiences in the thematic areas where new reform agendas are being considered by the Government, will be very useful for UNDP to effectively play its role of providing policy advice to the Government,” Mr Wattez said. A budget of US$ 200,000 has been allocated for the first year's implementation of this project.

In response to the priorities set out in the Government's ten-year Socio-Economic Development Strategy, the new UNDP Country Cooperation Framework for 2001-2005, will focused on Economic Integration; Non-State Sector Development; Financing for Development; Public Administration Reform; Legal Sector Reform; Poverty Alleviation; Natural Disaster Prevention and Impact Mitigation; and Environmental Management.

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