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National Assembly Vice-Chair offers rich praise for Viet Nam Executive Leadership Program

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Leaders from all branches of powers engaged in policy discussions with leading international experts

DSC 0228 1 resizeHa Noi 24 April 2015 - The UNDP-supported Viet Nam Executive Leadership Program (VELP) has again exceeded expectations with recently returned National Assembly Vice-Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and delegation describing it as providing relevant themes, engaging lectures which generated frank and open discussions.

The VELP head delegate this week briefed representatives from National Assembly, UNDP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Fulbright programme in Viet Nam of the outcome of this year’s VELP which focused on judiciary and legal reforms, the fifth such senior-level programme offered as part of UNDP’s cooperation with the Ministry.

“The 5th VELP was a great success,” said Madam Ngan. “We have fulfilled all goals set for this year’s programme”.

VELP provides a forum for senior Vietnamese policy-makers and executives to engage in structured, research-based discussions on key policy challenges confronting Viet Nam with prominent international scholars and business leaders.

“The theme for the last course was institutional reform and this course focused on judiciary and legal reforms. This will help Viet Nam stay more efficient and pay more attention to build a society governed by rules and characterized by inclusiveness,” said UNDP Resident Representative Dr Pratibha Mehta.

Madame Ngan said members of this year’s VELP delegation were diverse, from the Party, legislative and executive branches along with central and local government.

On behalf of the delegation, Madame Ngan expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet with and listen to well-known scholars and experts who have rich experience in law and economics. She praised the joint programme’s effectiveness and highlighted the unique partnership with Harvard University.

During the briefing, Madame Ngan and Dr. Mehta highlighted the need to have more policymakers, especially from the provincial level, engaged in the discussion. They agreed to explore how this could be done in a sustainable manner to benefit as many people as possible.

“UNDP with its variety of programmes and projects has opportunities to deepen the discussions,” said UNDP Deputy Country Director Bakhodir Burkhanov, who accompanied the delegation to the course. “These could focus on the specific issues that were covered during the VELP week in Harvard and have more focused, targeted conversations with the right stakeholders. That way, the Harvard programme would serve as a platform to multiply the benefits, covering more potential decision-makers.”

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