Prime Minister Phan Van Khai Addresses 100th Session of UNDP’s Monthly Donor Group Forum
HA NOI – Prime Minister Phan Van Khai today addressed ambassadors and other dignitaries at a special meeting held at the Melia Hotel in Ha Noi to celebrate the 100th session of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Monthly Donor Group Forum.
The Prime Minister Khai spoke to the assembled diplomats on economic and social challenges facing Viet Nam and the role of donors in the nation’s development. He said that the “support of the international donor community’s showed a strong political commitment to the socio-economic development policies of the Vietnamese Communist Party and Government and served as a bridge connecting Viet Nam with the rest of the world, providing encouragement to the Vietnamese people.”
The Monthly Donor Group Forum is a regular meeting organized by UNDP since March 1995 that brings together ambassadors, development counselors, heads of United Nations agencies and other development partners with high-level government officials to discuss development policy issues.
Jordan Ryan, UNDP Resident Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator, noted that the 100th session of the Forum marks an important milestone in government-donor relations in Viet Nam. “It is a tremendous honour for us to host the Prime Minister at the hundredth meeting of the Donor Forum,” Ryan said.
“I also believe that the Prime Minister’s presence today symbolizes the increasingly open and mutually supportive relationship between government and the donor community in Viet Nam,” added Ryan.
Numerous high-level government officials have addressed the group over the ten years of its existence, including Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, and officials representing nearly every government ministry at the ministerial or vice-ministerial level.
Recent forums have featured H.E. Madame Tran Thi Trung Chien, Minister of Health, and H.E. Mr. Bui Ba Bong, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, on avian influenza and H.E. Mr. Do Quang Trung, Minister of Home Affairs, on public administration reform.
The Monthly Donor Group Forum has also hosted prominent development experts including Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Professor David Dapice of Harvard University.
Prime Minister Khai signalled the importance of the group to government donor relations, which he said, “have been established on the basis of partnership and mutual trust.”