Towards green economic development in Vietnam: a long term perspective


The 3rd Annual GMS Power Week 2016 is one of the Mekong’s largest power & utility event which was held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 15-17 June 2016.

Cet événement a réuni les experts venant d’une vingtaine de pays pour discuter du développement du secteur de l’électricité et du système de l’énergie de la sous-région du delta du Mékong.

La sous –région du Grand Mékong est constituée de six pays (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodge, Myanmar, Thaïlande, Yunnan- une province de la Chine) qui sont liés ensemble par le fleuve Mékong.

L’AFD Vietnam, représentée par M.Fabio GRAZI, Responsable du Pôle Infrastructures, a participé activement à ces débats, à travers une intervention portant sur : « Vers une économie verte au Vietnam : une perspective de long terme  ».

Industrial pollution abatement without putting pressure on public debt


AFD is addressing issues concerning public health and environmental protection by providing Vietnamese State-owned enterprises with its know-how in terms of industrial pollution abatement and is offering them a long-term financing solution which does not put pressure on public debt.

First positive experiences

AFD, taking into account the considerable investment needs and public debt constraint, with a public debt close to the 65% threshold set by the National Assembly, offers financial instruments tailored to these constraints: non-sovereign loan financing.
AFD is the only development bank able to offer this type of funding opportunities which do not put pressure on public debt, as these loans do not benefit from a State guarantee.

AFD’s first non-sovereign loan, for USD 100m, was allocated to the public operator Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) in 2008.
In view of this positive experience, and while there are significant needs for industrial pollution abatement, AFD has engaged in a dialogue, together with the Ministry of Planning and Investment, with Vietnamese State-owned enterprises in order to identify their needs. The priority scope of application anticipated for non-sovereign financing with these enterprises is mainly for the environment and industrial pollution abatement.

Training where senior executives and newcomers share their experience
Some twenty senior executives from eight large State-owned enterprises participated in a workshop on the range of non-sovereign financing: enterprises which have already benefited from a non-sovereign loan (energy), enterprises where dialogue has been initiated (mines, water, air transport, management of industrial areas) and others with which relations are more recent (textiles, steel). 

The following companies were represented: Vinacomin (mining), Vinatex (textiles), VN Steel (steel), VN Airlines (air transport), Huewaco (water), Sawaco (water), Sonadezi (industrial areas), EVN (electricity).
Bilateral meetings were organized following the seminar in order to refine the potential prospects of establishing relations with each enterprise.
The active participation of the executives invited to this workshop reflected their interest in this credit product and this training, which allowed them to learn more about AFD and its range of services, while providing them with instruments for dialogue with a view to a possible long-term partnership.

[Call for Papers] 12th AFD International Conference on Development - Commons and Development


The 12th AFD International Conference on Development will be held in Paris, at AFD, on December 1-2, 2016.

Please note that the deadline for submissions has been postponed to Wednesday, July 1st, 2016.

Selected submissions will be announced by July 31, 2016. Final versions of papers must be submitted no later than October 31, 2016.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and their work and to stimulate dialogue at the intersection between commons and development dynamics on an international scale through recourse to a variety of analytical frameworks and disciplines. What do commons teach us in terms of development impacts on countries of the South? How can we understand commons in terms of actors, legal models, and indicators? How can we describe commons in terms of interactions with the public, the business sector, and political arenas? How do commons enrich our understanding of global public goods?

 This conference is organized in partnership with the Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (FERDI), the French Agricultural Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE) and the French Research Institute for Development (IRD).

Opening remarks by Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist at AFD, CNRS, Paris, France. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires, former General Manager of AFD (2001–2010), former member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Chair of Convergences (a think tank);
  • Ravi Kanbur, Professor of Economics at Cornell University, former Chair of the World Development Report, former World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region;
  • Amy Dahan, Emeritus Director of Research at CNRS and Emeritus Member of the Alexandre Koyré Center (CNRS-EHESS);
  • Eduardo S. Brondizio, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Co-Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT), and member of the Advisory Board of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University;
  • Chimère Diaw, Director General of the African Model Forest Network and member of the International Model Forest Network. 

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