“HCM City and UNDP Take Steps Towards Achieving a Sustainable and Resilient Future”

Tran Van Mai, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City's municipal People's Committee, held a meeting with Ramla Khalidi, the UNDP's Resident Representative, to talk about shared interests in green growth, governance, circular economy, waste management, energy transition and electric mobility. The two parties were eager to strengthen the UNDP-HCM City partnership.

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Delegates at the meeting. Photo: VNA
Delegates at the meeting. Photo: VNA

Ho Chi Minh City hopes to continue to work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in specific cooperation projects, contributing to implementing the collaboration framework between the Vietnamese Government and the agency, said Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Van Mai while receiving UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Ramla Khalidi, VNA reported.

Mai expressed his delight at the great contributions that the UNDP has made to Vietnam over the past 45 years through its support in completing institution and policies as well as development programmes, especially in social areas.

HCM City is the economic hub of Vietnam with a high level of openness, and the city needs information sharing and support from the UNDP to enhance its resilience against outside factors as well as the adaptation capacity of the local economy, he said.

Besides, the city hopes to coordinate with the UNDP in areas of the city’s demands, including improving governance capacity, dealing with challenges in urban management, coping with climate change, and strengthening waste treatment, he said.

Mai underlined that the city pays special attention to energy and circular economy, expressing his hope for more assistance from the UNDP in these fields.

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Van Mai (R) receives UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Ramla Khalidi. Photo: VNA
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Van Mai (R) receives UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Ramla Khalidi. Photo: VNA

For her part, Ramla Khalidi said she is impressed by the dynamic development and pioneering role of HCM City in many areas. She said that the fruitful cooperation outcomes between the UNDP and the city will pave the way for the growth bilateral partnership in the future.

The UNDP has been present in Vietnam right after the war ended in the country, assisting Vietnam in overcoming war aftermaths and promoting its national construction and development over the past 45 years, she noted.

The official said that interests and priorities of the city are also those of the UNDP in Vietnam currently, especially those in sustainable development, net-zero emission, and social development.

This shows that cooperation opportunities between UNDP and HCM City, especially in prioritised areas such as circular economy, waste treatment, green transition and public governance, are abundant, she said.

Khalidi stressed that her organisation is ready to cooperate with Ho Chi Minh City to strengthen discussions at the technical level, thus turning the potential of bilateral cooperation into specific and practical projects.

Last month, in Hanoi, the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnership for sustainable development was held.

Since UNDP opened a representative office in Hanoi in May 1978, UNDP has always worked side by side with Vietnam.

From a poor country which was devastated by war to a middle-income country, now Vietnam is taking the lead in taking measures towards poverty reduction and economic growth.

Hannah Nguyen