(MPI) - On December 14th, 2020, at the head office of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong worked with the UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra.
Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong and Coordinator Kamal Malhotra at the meeting.
Photo: Minh Trang (MPI)
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong said that the UN and other development partners played an important role in assisting Vietnam in the process of development, integration and strong participation in the world development by providing advice and policy support to the Government of Vietnam, sharing Vietnam's experiences with other developing countries, introducing professional experiences to ensure the green and sustainable economy which balance economic development and social development.
In particular, in 2021, Vietnam will adopt the Socio-Economic Development Strategy and Plan for the new phase. It is also the last year to implement One Strategic Plan (OSP) for the period 2017-2021, so the two sides need to have plans urgently to prepare a new framework for development cooperation, ensuring close linkage with new national strategies and plans on socio-economic development, and making better use of comparative advantages of UN organizations in the new situation.
At the meeting, Coordinator Kamal Malhotra also shared the progress of implementing UN development system reform at the national and regional level, in which Vietnam has always been the leading country in implementing the Delivering as One UN Approach. The proposed four areas in OSP 2017-2021, i.e.: "People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace", will continue to be integrated in the new phase of OSP, but priorities will be adjusted to suit the new situation as well as the current position and needs of Vietnam.The framework of development cooperation between the United Nations and Vietnam in the period 2022-2027 has an important and practical orientation, supporting the Government of Vietnam in solving priority issues in socio-economic development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other important international commitments of Vietnam.
Mr. Kamal Malhotra affirmed that the United Nations was committed to accompanying Vietnam in socio-economic development, implementation of the SDG Goals, and enhancement of its role and position in the region and the world.
Agreeing with the sharing of Mr. Kamal Malhotra, Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong expected that in the process of developing the Cooperation Framework for the period of 2022-2027, the UN and relevant ministries and agencies of Vietnam will regularly review and evaluate to adjust and supplement implementation solutions to suit the situation, avoiding duplication and waste of resources, and actively studying and discussing specific cooperation proposals with UN organizations. He affirmed that the Ministry of Planning and Investment was always ready to act as a bridge to link cooperation between ministries, agencies and the United Nations in the process of building a strategic framework.