Vietnam Microfinance Working Group Newsletter March 2011

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Update activities of VMFWG on March 2011


VMFWG would like to update information and its activities every week on April 2011. The following information is updated for VMFWG’s activities on March 2011 

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New investment opportunities in collaboration Netherlands – Vietnam

Mr. Pham Gia Khiem,Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, invited Willem Alexander – The Prince of Orange of Netherlands and Princess Máxima to Vietnam from 27 – 31 March 2011.

On the accsion of the official visit of the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands to Vietnam with an econimic mission including over 90 Dutch companies from Netherlands, Dutch Embassy in Vietnam held theseminar “Access to Microfinance and Rural Services in Vietnam” on 29 March 2011 in Hanoi. (Seminar agenda)

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VMFWG joined the SPTF – AWG Annual Meeting


Vietnam Microfinance Working Group (VMFWG) joined the Social Performance Task Force – Asian Working Group (SPTF AWG) Annual Meeting on Feb 28 to Mar 2, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. The members of AWG are the national microfinance networks in Asia.

The AWG meeting designed a 3 year strategic plan for the activities and fund raising for the members.

The AWG nominated Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) as the general coordinator of the AWG and nominated China Association Microfinance (CAM) as the coordinator for networks in East and Southeast Asia.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai, Managing Director of VMFWG participated the meeting on behalf of VMFWG.

Next SPTF annual meeting will take place June 21 & 22, 2011 in Den Bosch, Netherlands, which brings together SPTF’s stakeholders to address questions about measuring and managing social performance.

For more informationReport on SPTF – Asia Working Group 


SBV signs financing agreement with Tien Giang Aid Fund for Women’s Economic Development



The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) signed a grant agreement worth USD 46,500 in Hanoi on March 24 for the Tien Giang Aid Fund for Women’s Economic Development. This grant is part of the technical assistance program of the Formalizing Micro-Finance Institutions Project (FMFIP) financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from the Japanese Poverty Reduction Fund.

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The results of the First Vietnam Microinsurance Forum

On March 9, 2011, CFRC collaborating with RIMANSI Organization and Project on Improving Mutual Assistance Fund (MAF) of the Vietnam Women’s Union has co-hosted First Vietnam Microinsurance Forum with the theme “Expanding micro-insurance activities for area residents with low incomes. “



MACDI – Training Workshop of Social Performance Management in MFIs

Event type:
 Training workshop            Location: Hanoi, VietnamTime: April 20, 2011 – April 23, 2011Read More 

MICROFIN – Business Planning and Financial Projections

                    Event type: Training course

                    Location: Washington DC, USA

                    Time: 23 – 27 May 2011

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Global Microcredit Summit 2011

Event Type: Conference

Location: Valladolid, Spain

Time: 14 Nov 2011 – 17 Nov 2011


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