UN launches projects to strengthen Viet Nam's elected bodies

UN launches projects to strengthen Viet Nam's elected bodies

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched two projects in Viet Nam to strengthen the country's National Assembly and Provincial Councils and to enable them to play a more effective role in parliamentary and fiscal affairs.

UNDP, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are providing $3 million for each of the two five-year initiatives launched recently in Hanoi.

The first initiative will support the Assembly in preparing legislation and managing parliamentary affairs. Leadership training will be provided to 350 newly elected deputies, especially women. In addition, the use of information technology will be accelerated and seminars with parliamentarians from donor countries and the International Parliamentary Union will also be organized.

The second project will help the Assembly and the Councils to play a full role in the country's crucial fiscal decentralization process and provide technical support to the Ministry of Finance and the State Audit. It will focus on strengthening economic research and budget analysis and oversight, including the use of information technology.

"This is a unique opportunity for UNDP and the international community to support the rule of law by empowering the highest legislative body and local elected bodies," UNDP Resident Representative Jordan Ryan said, adding that the projects could foster transparent and accountable institutions and policies that are vital for economic growth and human development.