Former US Ambassador and UN Assistant Secretary-General among presenters at final doi moi review meeting

15 Jun 2006

HA NOI - Former US Ambassador to Viet Nam, Pete Peterson will join Malaysian political economist and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Jomo Kwame Sundaram at the fourth and final Doi Moi Review High Level Roundtable meeting.

Prof. Nam, President of the Viet Nam Academy of Social Science, said that “this event is a good chance for both international and Vietnamese scholars to consider 20 years of Doi Moi in Viet Nam. The aim is to give recommendations to policymakers in order to promote Doi Moi comprehensively, deeply and broadly so that rapid and sustainable development may continue in Viet Nam.”

Acting UNDP Resident Representative, Subinay Nandy remarked that “the United Nations shares the same ambition expressed by the Government of Viet Nam when they aspire to a prosperous people, strong nation and just, democratic, and civilized society. In this spirit and in the spirit of the Millennium Declaration, I hope that as we discuss the past, present and future of doi moi we will keep in mind this central aim of universal progress and social justice for all.”

Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Ms. Anna Lindstedt stated that “in order to sustain reform, Viet Nam needs to promote democracy, well-informed public debate, fight corruption and promote sustainable use of the environment. It is also important to continue to reduce poverty, bearing in mind that poverty is not just material deprivation, but also a lack of power, choice and security. I see it as crucial to create an inclusive nation, where Vietnamese of various backgounds can contribute to society and enjoy the fruits of development."

“Meeting the challenges of globalization and inequality will be easier if you use the opportunities you have now to cultivate a strong sense of solidarity among all Vietnamese people,” writes Jomo Kwame Sundaram in his keynote address, ‘Economic Reform For Whom? Doi Moi in Comparative Perspective.’ “The next phase of doi moi will consist of the development of social citizenship based on universal civil, political and social rights, combined with a shared duty to contribute to the community.”

Joining Mr. Sundaram will be Pete Peterson, America’s first Ambassador to Viet Nam and one of the most vocal supporters of reconciliation between the two countries. His presentation is entitled, “Viet Nam’s Journey to Prosperity.” Other presenters include Professor David Dapice, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Dr. Thaveeporn Vasavkul, Visiting Scholar, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley and; Mr. Andrew Wells-Dang, Catholic Relief Services, Ha Noi.

Organized by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Roundtable is part of the “Assistance to the 20 Year Review of Doi Moi in Viet Nam” project. The Project is designed to support and inform socio-economic planning in Viet Nam.

Contact Information

Mr. Dang Huu Cu, UNDP Communications Unit dang.huu.cu@undp.org,
Tel 84-4-942-1495 ext. 179