UNDP to Step up Cooperation Programme in Viet Nam

Jun 3, 2004

Ha Noi - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to step up its assistance programme in the coming years to help Viet Nam achieve its reform agenda, said Dr. Hafiz Pasha, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and UN Assistant Secretary General who was in Ha Noi for a five-day visit to Viet Nam.

Dr. Pasha met with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Planning and Investment, Justice and others, to discuss present and future cooperation.  Dr. Pasha praised Viet Nam’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as reflected in the UN MDG Report 2004, saying this showed impressive improvements in poverty alleviation and human development.

Dr. Pasha also discussed some of the challenges facing Viet Nam and added that UNDP’s support will focus on promoting more equitable and sustainable development, and further support the country’s governance reforms, as Viet Nam continue to deepen its growth and poverty reduction agenda.

During his visit, Dr. Pasha also met with members of the Prime Minister’s Research Council as well as representatives from international organizations. These meetings centred on issues of economic reform, private sector development, public administration and legal reform.

At the beginning of his visit, Dr. Pasha attended the International Policy Conference on Transition Economies, co-sponsored by UNDP and Viet Nam’s Academy of Social Sciences, which was held in Ha Noi from 31 May to 1 June.  The Conference took stock of experiences and lessons of transition processes in various countries of Asia, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States over the past 20 years and to review the policies required to move these reforms further forward. For Viet Nam, this policy dialogue is intended to provide inputs to the country’s upcoming 20 year review of doi moi.

Biographical Note of Dr. Hafiz Pasha,
UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and UN Assistant Secretary General

Dr Hafiz Pasha was appointed Assistant Secretary General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP) in January 2001. Just prior to this, he was Managing Director of the Social Policy and Development Centre in Pakistan. Previously, he held major ministerial appointments with the Government of Pakistan, including Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Education Minister and Commerce Minister, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. In these roles, he served as a senior adviser to three Pakistani governments on major issues of economic development, fiscal policy, educational policy, trade policy and poverty reduction strategies.

Dr Pasha has also served as President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi as well as Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his graduate education at Cambridge University, UK and Stanford University, USA.

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