Poised to Accelerate South-South Cooperation Engagement

Mr. Nam (Vietnam South-South Focal Point), Mr. Nkala and UNRC's Representative Mr. Farran

A Mission from the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation Regional Office in Bangkok led by Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Representative visited Hanoi, Vietnam on 7-9 November. The Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam invited the UN Office for South-South Cooperation to send the team.

Before the Mission, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator had laid the groundwork through discussions with the Government. As a result of these discussions, Mr. Nguyen Hoai Nam, Deputy Director General of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs was appointed by the Government as the National South-South Focal Point.

The Government representatives had prepared detailed briefs for the Mission.  In that regard the mission was an excellent start for the Government to reflect on its South-South Cooperation goals, frameworks through which to implement it and institutionalisation processes.  Vietnam has been implementing South-South and triangular cooperation over the years especially with the African Region.   However, a new dawn has set in with Vietnam’s unparalleled economic dynamism and achievement in poverty eradication including its unique focus on multi-dimensional poverty alleviation, as well as gender equality and peacebuilding.  The UNOSSC mission and the UN Country Team noted that above what it is doing, Vietnam has much to offer in South-South Cooperation.  In turn, Vietnamese Officials indicated intent to step up their engagement in key South-South cooperation platforms, and to engage other countries in dialogue about South-South cooperation in the run-up to the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) to be held in Buenos Aires in March 2019.

Teams from MOFA and the UN after the meeting at MOFA

 

Teams from MOFA and the UN after the meeting at MOFA

 

Materials from the UN Office for South-South Cooperation for Government Official, Mr. Nam at MOFA

 

Materials from the UN Office for South-South Cooperation for Government Official, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuong at MPI