EVN Chairman Duong Quang Thanh and EIB Vice President Kris Peeters signed the MoU at the bank’s headquarters in Luxembourg on December 10 in the presence of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
The MoU is expected to open up an opportunity for the EIB to directly fund power projects in Vietnam and enhance partnerships in electricity production, transmission, distribution and retail, as well as in energy transition.
Peeters described the MoU signing with the EVN as necessary for accelerating discussion and information exchange to pave the way for the bank’s participation in major energy projects in Vietnam.
The EIB will assist with the country’s low-carbon transition to modern energy systems in tandem with ensuring economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability, he said.
For his part, Thanh noted the State-owned group has many potential projects on offshore wind power, hydropower, and electricity transmission eligible for the EIB’s sponsorship.
He expressed his hope that the cooperation will help Vietnam boost low-carbon development, adapt to climate change, speed up just transition and carbon reduction in the power system, and generate new economic chances to support the country’s efforts towards net zero emissions.
The EIB is the world’s biggest multilateral financial institution and one of the largest providers of climate finance.
It signed a framework agreement on financial cooperation with Vietnam in 1997. So far, the bank and the Vietnamese Government have signed five agreements, including two on environmental credit and three on metro projects.