UNDP Regional Director calls for longer term development planning in Nepal

16 May 2014

imageMr. Haoliang Xu meets the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. Photo: Narendra Shrestha / UNDP Nepal

KATHMANDU — Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific concluded his three-day visit to Nepal urging the government leadership to quickly complete the transition process. He commended Nepal’s leaders for committing to graduate from the ranks of least developed countries by 2022, but said that strong political commitment accompanied by measurable actions was need to achieve the goals within next 8 years.

Mr. Xu was here to assess Nepal’s development situation. During his visit, he met with the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Rt. Honorable Chairman of Constituent Assembly Mr. Subas Chandra Nembang, Finance Minister Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat, Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission Dr. Govind Raj Pokhrel, Chief Election Commissioner Mr. Neel Kantha Uprety, H.E. SAARC Secretary General Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Nepal based international development partners, members of UN Country Team and other senior government officials. During his meetings, he reiterated his conviction that Nepal could become an economic success story provided that it consolidated its political and transitional accomplishments as a springboard for an economic progress.

He encouraged Nepali leaders to do longer term planning. “It is a government prerogative to define the duration of each plan, but many countries have done 20/30 year master planning and this helped in expediting development process, said” Mr Xu.

In his meeting with Prime Minister Mr. Sushil Koirala, Mr. Xu encouraged expediting the process of consolidating Nepal’s political and transitional gains.

On Thursday Mr. Xu also jointly launched Nepal Human Development Report 2014 with Vice Chair of National Planning Commission Dr. Govind Raj Pokhrel. Speaking during the launch he called on Nepal to take advantage of its demographic dividend and create employment through modernization of the agriculture sector.