UNDP Thailand Hosts Delegates from VietnamMar 10, 2011
Vietnamese government, UNDP Vietnam sought middle income development expertise
BANGKOK - UNDP Thailand and the Royal Thai government hosted representatives from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and UNDP in Vietnam on March 7 and 8, sharing knowledge and lessons learned about development challenges in a middle income country.
Middle Income Country status represents a major achievement for Vietnam. It also presents the Southeast Asian nation with a new set of development issues that the country will need to address to continue its development and avoid the so called “middle income country trap”.
The Royal Thai Government and development partners realize that with Vietnam’s accession to MIC status, development assistance and the cooperation between Viet Nam and its partners, including the United Nations, is to evolve in order to be relevant to the current development context and effectively contribute to addressing the development issues that the country now faces.
Both the Vietnamese Government and the United Nations in Vietnam believe that an exchange of experience with other middle-income countries in the Asian region, namely Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand would be useful in order for the delegates to learn the lessons and experiences regarding UNDP and the Royal Thai Government’s (RTG) partnership in support to the Country Programme and capacity building for Implementing Partners.
“[It] was an excellent and very well balanced programme that allowed us to comprehensively cover the key issues of interest with the relevant partners,” said Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Country Director (Programme), UNDP Vietnam.
During their two-day visit to Thailand, representatives from the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and UNDP Vietnam looked at UNDP Thailand’s approach to development assistance in a MIC context, the Thai government’s coordinating models adopted by different countries and the role of UNDP support in each model and UNDP-RTG cooperation to support capacity development.The Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the United Nations in Vietnam have begun work on the 2012-2016 United Nations One Plan from which the next UNDP country programme will be derived.
This takes place as Vietnam has reached the middle-income country (MIC) status in 2010 and therefore, has formulated a new socio-economic development strategy and plan for the five to ten years.Thailand is an important global development partner. As part of its commitment to the MDGs and South-South Cooperation, Thailand has continued to share knowledge and technical expertise with other countries and has played an active role in sub-regional and regional cooperation frameworks through South-South Cooperation.
UNDP Thailand’s International Partnership for Development Programme has since supported Thailand in making its development expertise better known around the world.