UN development chief discusses new areas of support
COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Haoliang Xu Monday met Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, Harsha de Silva for talks on potential areas of new support to agencies under the ministry.
Xu is the Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
Xu said the UN and UNDP in particular would be ready to extend support to developing country specific development indicators that will contribute to the post-2015 development agenda, a statement said.
He arrived in Sri Lanka on April 4 on a six-day visit.
Xu met with Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake Monday morning and discussed opportunities to strengthen cooperation with the UN system and exploring prospects of government cost sharing.
Xu also met Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan and discussed support to complete resettlement of displaced people.