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Presentation by AFD

When 2007-10-10
from 13:00 to 15:00
Where S101, SERD
Attendees Presenters: Hervé Breton, Senior Urban Infrastructure Specialist, Dimitri Kanounnikoff, Senior Environment Specialist and François-Xavier Duporge, Country Director for Thailand., Attendeed: Dean SERD, SERD faculties, French cooperation coordinator
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The Agence Francaise de Développement or French Development Agency (“AFD”) is a key component of the French cooperation system. Built as a financial institution fully integrated to the State, and under the joint management of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it operates in more than 70 countries. AFD provides, on behalf of the French government, grants, technical assistance, concessional loans to emerging and developing countries, state owned
enterprises, infrastructure projects. It acts as the French leading operator for cooperation in a various set of sectors, including infrastructure, vocational training, urban development, health, education, rural development, environment… In 2006, its total commitments reached EUR 3 bn.

In Asia, AFD's activities were limited to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia until 2004. In these countries, AFD has financed some landmarks projects such as the Nam Theun 2 dam in Lao PDR, the Airports of Phnom Penh and Siam Reap in Cambodia, the rehabilitation of Luang Prabang and Siem Reap, rural development in Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam is now one of the most important country for AFD in terms of amounts of aid committed.

AFD's mandate in Asia was broadened in 2003 by a decision of the French Government to Thailand and China, and last year, this mandate was further expanded to include India, Pakistan and Indonesia. In these countries, AFD has departed from its traditional donor role in poverty alleviation and promotion of economic growth and primarily aims at contributing to the preservation of selected global public goods, namely biodiversity preservation, fight against global warming and fight against communicable diseases.

Proposed Presentation

The proposed presentation will first describe the current state of reflection of AFD operational teams on both climate change and biodiversity, exposing the challenge of structuring projects which can yield substantial impacts while mobilizing limited financial resources. This reflection has been partly nurtured by the operational experience over the last few years in China and Thailand where AFD has this very focused mandate. The presentation will then give some concrete examples of projects being assessed/ implemented by AFD

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