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New partnership to accelerate green growth in Viet Nam

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 MG 4834-resizeHa Noi, 21 January 2015 - Viet Nam’s efforts to accelerate green growth received a significant boost today with the launch of a new four-year, $4.12 million project to advance the country’s Green Growth Strategy. At the launching ceremony of the joint project, within the framework of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID partnership, MPI Vice-Minister Mr. Nguyen The Phuong, was joined by UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam Ms. Pratibha Mehta and US Ambassador to Viet Nam Mr. Ted Osius.

The MPI-led project “Strengthening Capacity and Institutional Reform for Green Growth and Sustainable Development in Viet Nam” (CIGG) will support capacity building and policy development for the effective implementation of Viet Nam’s national Green Growth Strategy and achievement of sustainable development goals. Assistance will be provided at national and provincial levels to integrate green growth and low-carbon development into sectoral and provincial green growth action plans.

“With the release of Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy in 2012 and the Green Growth Action Plan last year, we are among the pioneering countries in the region taking a leadership in green growth. This new initiative will further our ambitions in green investment and help us to integrate new policy directions for greener growth in Viet Nam into the next five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan,” said Mr. Phuong.

Attending this event, UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam Ms. Pratibha Mehta stressed that Viet Nam was a growing emitter of greenhouse gases and action was needed to curb emissions.

“Taking action on climate change makes good business sense. Green investment is good investment. Forward-looking countries, companies and investors will lead the transition to greener economies and reap the most reward,” she said, while acknowledging the financial contribution from USAID to support this important initiative.

The US ambassador said the project would assist Viet Nam in a number of critical green growth-related areas.

“It will strengthen the capacity for the ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance, and Transport, as well as provinces to effectively implement and monitor the Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy and Action Plan. The project will help develop policies for promoting investment in green growth development and improve access to green growth financing for Viet Nam,” He said.

The project will accelerate the development of provincial green growth action plans together with a green growth plan for the city of Da Lat, the first province to implement the national Green Growth Strategy.  Through provincial and city level green growth action plans, the CIGG project will assist MPI to support the efforts of small- and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of new green investment opportunities, offer training to government officials, and encourage green business and jobs.  This will help the MPI to position Viet Nam as an attractive destination for green investment because it can deliver a strong message to investors – public and private, domestic and foreign – about the demand and profitability of long-term investments in clean energy, in transport systems, in sustainable agriculture and forestry, and in new green products and services.

At the launch, the roles of ministries and provincial people’s committees on renewable energy management as well as how the Government will revise fee and taxes on factories which use coal and petrol were outlined during discussions with representatives from the MPI, UNDP and USAID. The MPI also revealed it would review the country’s investment policy framework and work with other related ministries to assess fiscal tools to identify gaps and the potential for reforms to accelerate the country’s transition to a greener economy and meet the implementation targets in the national Green Growth Strategy.

Ms. Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Country Director, also stated that: “Building on the solid foundation created by the Green Growth Strategy and Action Plan, UNDP is eager to help Viet Nam seize the real opportunities that are emerging in green investment”.

More information:
Read the press release
Read the speech by Pratibha Mehta, UNDP Resident Representative at the launch
Read the presentation of the MPI

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