Nha Trang, Vietnam, June 5, 2009—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is contributing to Vietnam’s capital
market development by promoting the country’s bond market as an alternative
source of financing in the face of the current global economic downturn.
IFC and the Vietnam Bond Market Forum (VNBF) launched a two-day seminar
in Nha Trang today, to discuss Vietnam’s nascent bond market and the development
of a bond market association. A fully developed bond market, with international
practices and procedures, would help the government finance its economic
development agenda, including urgent large-scale industrial and infrastructure
At the seminar, senior financial specialists from Vietnam’s Ministry of
Finance and the State Bank, together with experts from the World Bank,
IFC, VNBF, and Bloomberg, shared insights on the challenges of developing
bond markets in Vietnam and other emerging markets.
“This was a valuable opportunity to learn from international experience”,
said Hoang Huy Ha, Chairman of the Canvas Committee leading the effort
to establish a bond market. “We are currently working with the VNBF to
finalize the agenda for the formation of a Vietnam Bond Market Association
and an action plan. The advice and support from regulators and authorities
are greatly appreciated, and will be used in the design of the association,
which we expect to launch in the second half of 2009.”
The seminar also covered the need to develop bond market associations,
which play critical roles in the standardization of market practices for
originating and trading bonds. Lessons learned were presented by the president
of the Thai Bond Market Association, and will factor in the action plan
for the Vietnam Bond Market Association.
“The development of the bond market requires government commitment and
support combined with active participation from the private sector”, said
Margarete O Biallas, IFC Program Manager for Access to Finance in the Mekong
Region. “IFC realizes the importance of a well-functioning bond market
in economic development, and therefore is willing to support bond market
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to grow sustainable businesses and create a healthy investment climate.
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Canada, Finland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway,
Sweden, and Switzerland.
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