Ha Noi, 3 March 2017 - The Chairperson of the National Assembly, H.E. Mme. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan extended a warm welcome to the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Mr. Kamal Malhotra and expressed her confidence that the RC would provide successful service to Viet Nam given his vast experience in the economic development field. Viet Nam, she said, is proud to be a responsible member of the United Nations for the past 40 years and has been actively participating and collaborating with the various UN agencies. The Viet Nam National Assembly is thankful to the UN and UNDP for its capacity building support to Vietnamese legislators and the legislative bodies in the country.Mr. Kamal Malhotra thanked Mme. Ngan for the offer of cooperation to the UN and UNDP and expressed hope for an even more strengthened partnership under the One Strategic Plan (OSP) 2017-2021. The UN and the Government of Viet Nam reached an agreement recently on the OSP, and mentioned that while it will be signed soon, he hoped, the UN is ready to move ahead with its implementation. UN Viet Nam today is recognized globally among the foremost One UN examples in the world for its progress on the "Delivery as One" Initiative and recognized the strong support of the NA Chairperson and reiterated his commitment to a coherent One UN approach and to providing leadership to ensure that the 14 UN agencies here and 4 non-resident agencies which are partners of the OSP 2017-2021 contribute as best as they can together to Viet Nam's future development.
Mme. Ngan expressed hope that the UN will provide technical support in realizing the SDGs as per UN's expertise and areas of programmatic support outlined in the OSP. The RC extended UN's offer of support to help raise awareness on the SDGs and it was agreed that the UN would contribute to the regular courses that the NA organizes for MPs and local representatives on the role of the NA in guiding and overseeing the SDGs implementation.
The RC also expressed hope to contribute substantively to Viet Nam's aspiration to be an upper middle income country (UMIC), on how to avoid pitfalls and challenges UMICs are facing by sharing knowledge and experiences having worked in two UMICs in the region. He expressed UN's willingness to support in organizing the Spring and Autumn Economic Forums in 2017, which are widely viewed as an open and inclusive platform for economic policy dialogues.
Both sides agreed that relevant bodies/Committee of the NA will be tasked to review their cooperation with the UN and come up with a programme of operation with the UN.
Finally, Mme Ngan expressed hope that the UN will continue to uphold its core role in maintaining international peace and stability. She reiterated the continued support of the NA to the UN's programmatic support through its supervisory role to ensure its effective implementation.