Message from the Chairman
On behalf of the ADFIAP Board, I wish to invite all members and partners to join us from May 9-12, 2007 for the 30th Annual Meetings of the Association.
I am delighted that ADFIAP's 30th year anniversary will be held in Hanoi and thankful for the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam for hosting us there to coincide with their own golden year anniversary.
This year's conference theme, "DFIs: Measuring up to International Standards and Best Practices" is indeed very timely and relevant now that a new development finance architecture is shaping up globally. I am thus grateful to the speakers and resource persons who will provide their time and knowledge on the topics at hand during the Annual Conference.
The May gathering promises to be more exciting than ever with new and enhanced events waiting for the delegates. There is the General Assembly Meeting where members as stakeholders are briefed on the current and new Association initiatives as well as voice their inputs and insights to improve the Association governance process; the ADFIAP Annual Awards night where the members' outstanding projects and people are honored; the new Delegate-Meets-Delegate event for business networking; and the Fellowship Day tour in a more relaxed environment to savor Vietnamese hospitality and culture.
I therefore look forward to your attendance and personally meeting you in Hanoi!
AMBASSADOR JESUS P. TAMBUNTING
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Planters Development Bank
Message from the BIDV General Director
“Xin chào” and welcome to the Hidden Charm of Vietnam!
I personally warmly welcome all delegates to Hanoi attending the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). BIDV has previously hosted the 62nd ADFIAP Board Meeting but to be the venue for all delegates for this Annual Meetings is indeed a privilege, especially when it happens right after the time BIDV celebrates our 50th anniversary .
Being the leading commercial bank in Vietnam, during our 50-year history , BIDV has always played a key role in the country’s socio-economic development. Now, BIDV provides a comprehensive and high quality range of banking products and services with the network covering all provinces in Vietnam territory. In line with the Bank’s strategy, BIDV has always been active and making all the efforts to enhance institutional capability in order to meet international standards and best practices in banking, which is an important requirement, particularly in the context of Vietnam becoming official member of WTO in 2006.
The theme of this year’s meeting: “ DFIs: Measuring up to international standards and best practices” is appropriate and makes sense to the finance and banking circle in general and DFIs in particular, especially in Asia and Pacific where there are many emerging markets being in the reform period to achieve international standard and best practices. We believe this meeting together with the attendance of senior experts in finance and banking will bring us many useful information and the opportunity to discuss as well as to share experience to contribute to the effective cooperation and support among member banks and toward building a sustainable ADFIAP.
Besides the busy working agenda of this meeting, I hope that the beautiful, diversified in culture and hospitable Vietnam will leave you with fine, unforgettable memory.
I wish you all the best and hope that you will have productive , enjoyable stay in our homeland.
Trần Bắc Hà
Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
Vietnam - Country Information
Vietnam is known as an attractive country by its unique and rich culture, spectacular sceneries and cordial people. Despite Vietnam's ongoing economic liberalization and the pressures of rapid development, the country has managed to preserve its rich civilization and highly cultured society. Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country's natural setting : the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip which is a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats. There are some divine beaches along the coast too, while inland there are soaring mountains, some of which are cloaked by dense, misty forests.
Vietnam is located in the tropical zone characterized by sunshine, high rainfall, humidity and monsoon. Most mountainous regions are temperate. The annual average temperature is from 22ºC to 27ºC with two distinguished seasons in general: the cold and dry one from November to April and the other hot and wet from May to October. Especially the North has four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. In September, the temperature varies from 20-30 degrees.