New Assistant Administrator visits Samoa

23 Apr 2014

Apia – The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) new Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, will be visiting Samoa from 24-26 April, as an introductory mission to one of the sub regional offices under his charge.  He will also observe preparations for the Third International Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which he will be attending in September from 1-4 as well as to visit project sites that the UNDP Multi-country office based in Samoa is supporting in this part of the Pacific.

While in Samoa, Mr. Haoliang Xu, who is also the Chair of Regional United Nations Development Group for Asia-Pacific, will have an opportunity to witness personally the work UNDP is supporting especially through its ecosystem based adaptation and community resilient Global Environment Facility funded projects on the southern coast of the island of Upolu.

Apart from meeting with the UNDP Samoa Multi-country office staff, he is also expected to meet and interact with the UN heads of agencies based in the country.  Of importance is the affirmation of support from the UN Country Team to the Government of Samoa with the upcoming SIDS conference about which he will be meeting with the National Coordinator, Afioga Faalavaau Perina Sila during his three day visit.  He will accompany the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark during the opening of the conference and remain until its closure on 4 September.

Mr. Haoliang Xu will also have an audience with the Honorable Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi as well as some members of his Cabinet in individual meetings already scheduled.

Mr. Haoliang Xu took up his appointment as Assistant Administrator & Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in September 2013 succeeding his predecessor, Mr.  Ajay Chhibber.  Prior to his current post, Mr. Haoliang Xu served as Deputy Regional Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of the Independent States.

This will be Mr. Haoliang Xu’s first official visit to Samoa.  His visit to Samoa will be followed by the high level delegation of the joint UNDP, United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services Executive Board from the Permanent Mission of UN member states based in New York.

ENDS.