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. 

Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement by the Council of Ministers today, 25 May 2016


Today, on a proposal made by François Hollande at the Parliament on 27 April 2016 and following a unanimous favorable vote of MPs and a majority of Senators, Mr. Rémy Rioux, 46, Deputy Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Development, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement, a Public Industrial and Commercial Establishment responsible for development in Southern countries and the French overseas territories. Rémy Rioux, AFD’s 11th Chief Executive Officer, will take over as head of AFD on 2 June 2016.

Rémy Rioux was born in June 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a historian by training, a former student of Alain Corbin and Pierre Nora, and Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors. During his career, he has alternately held responsibilities in France and for development in Africa.

Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of AFD © Alain Buu

At the age of 26, Rémy Rioux discovered Africa during an ENA internship in Benin, and subsequently by campaigning to promote the harmonization of business law in Africa. He has a love of this continent and has travelled across it throughout his career, established close ties there, and acquired a recognized expertise in development issues. He worked at the Directorate of the Treasury from 2004 to 2007, and subsequently from 2010 to 2012, where he contributed to modernizing monetary cooperation with African Franc Zone member countries, participated in the resolution of the Ivorian crisis, and contributed to making the issue of infrastructure and development central to the international agenda of the G20. At the time, he was a Member of the Boards of Directors of AFD and its subsidiary PROPARCO.

Rémy Rioux also conducted control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors between 1997 and 2004. He worked at the Ministry of the Interior from 2000 to 2002, at the Office of the Minister Daniel Vaillant, where he was responsible for the budget and changeover to the euro. He also held a position at the State Holdings Agency (APE), from 2007 to 2010, as Chief Investment Officer responsible for the transport and media sectors, and sat on the Boards of Directors of various companies (SNCF, RATP, ADP, Renault, France Télévisions, France Médias Monde, Arte, le Grand Port Maritime du Havre).

In 2012, he was Director of the Office of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade, Pierre Moscovici. He was actively involved in redefining economic relations between Africa and France and in the work conducted by Jacques Attali on economic Francophonie. Two years later, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed him Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry, in charge of economic issues. Alongside the Minister, he managed the financial component of the negotiations for COP21.

Following the announcement made by the French President in September 2015 of a revival of France’s Official Development Assistance policy and an increase in development and climate finance (by EUR 4bn by 2020, to reach EUR 12.5bn of annual commitments, including EUR 5bn for the climate), he was entrusted with a preparatory mission for the establishment of closer ties between Agence Française de Développement and Caisse des Dépôts, which aims to provide France with a tool capable of meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is a man of dialogue and conviction and is deeply attached to the Massif Central region, particularly Corrèze and Lozère, where he regularly stays with his wife and three children.

Key Dates

  • 26 June 1969: Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1997: Auditor at the Court of Auditors on leaving ENA (Marc Bloch Class), where he became Senior Advisor in 2013
  • 2001 and 2002: Budget Advisor at the Office of Daniel Vaillant at the Ministry of the Interior
  • 2003: Control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors
  • 2004: General Directorate of the Treasury, Head of the Office for Monetary and Development Cooperation with African, Caribbean, Pacific and Franc Zone countries
  • 2007: Deputy Director for the transport and audiovisual sectors at the State Holdings Agency (APE)
  • 2010: Deputy Director for international financial affairs and development at the General Directorate of the Treasury
  • 2012 to 2014: Director of the Office of Mr. Pierre Moscovici at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
  • 2014: Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in charge of economic affairs
  • 2015: Responsible for financial matters in the French negotiation team for COP21.
  • June 2016: Appointed the 11th Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement.

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