Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific Haoliang Xu Portrait Pictureand UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific will be visiting Sri Lanka from April 4-10, 2015, the UN office in Colombo said.
During the visit, which will be his second visit to the island, Xu is expected to meet and exchange views with high-level Government officials, development partners and the civil society on learning more about the emerging development needs and expectations of Sri Lanka in a new political environment whilst ascertaining the future direction of UNDP support along with other members of the UN family, in particular strengthening UNDP’s role as a key development partner in Sri Lanka.
Xu will also engage in a policy dialogue with eminent civil society representatives on Sri Lanka’s development outlook. Further, Xu will also undertake a visit to North Central and Northern provinces, where he will meet with Government officials, representatives from Community Based Organizations and beneficiaries and gain a first-hand understanding of the development priorities in the districts and further support needs.
He will also visit UNDP supported livelihood development projects on the ground in these provinces.