Ha Noi, 23 January 2017 - The new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Viet Nam, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, today presented his credentials to the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
During the presentation of his credentials, Mr. Malhotra thanked the Prime Minister for accepting him promptly and congratulated Viet Nam on its significant progress in poverty reduction, governance and other areas in the past 30 years since the Doi Moi reforms.
He noted that economic growth came with shared responsibility for the UN and Viet Nam to ensure inclusive growth and development.
“With previous roles as UN RC/UNDP RR in Turkey and RC/RR for Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei comprised of two upper middle-income and a high-income country, I believe I am in a strong position to contribute to Viet Nam’s further development at this critical juncture”, Mr Malhotra said.
“I first came to Viet Nam more than 25 years ago and am an economist with a longstanding specialization in South-East Asia and economic and financial globalization issues, particularly the challenges of the structural economic reforms necessary if a country is to move up from middle to upper middle-income status as is Viet Nam’s and every country’s aspiration,” he added.
On behalf of the Government, the Prime Minister expressed his high appreciation of the long-standing and effective partnership with the UN in Viet Nam stretching 40 years. He hoped the new UN RC, with his extensive experience in economics and globalization issues, would lead the UN in Viet Nam to help the country avoid the “middle-income trap” and apply best practice experiences from other countries.
Both sides reiterated strong commitment to the One UN initiative in Viet Nam. “Viet Nam is very supportive of the One UN initiative. We will continue to work closely and effectively with the UN office in Ha Noi. We are very keen to listen carefully to your policy advice and learn from good international experience the UN can share with us,” the Prime Minister said. He also highlighted the importance of the Government and the UN working together to implement the SDGs.
Mr. Malhotra said: “I am committed to a coherent One UN approach as the UN in Viet Nam is still among the foremost One UN countries in the world and I hope to lead in consolidating this and ensuring that the UN agencies here all contribute as best as we can together to Viet Nam’s future development.”
The Prime Minister also informed that he has extended an invitation to the UN Secretary-General to visit Viet Nam and requested the UNRC to facilitate his visit to Viet Nam at an early stage.
In his concluding remarks, the Prime Minister extended his support to the UNRC and urged him to contact his office on any issues of concern and for meetings with him in this regard. He extended to the UNRC and his delegation his best wishes for a happy Lunar new year.
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