East Asia & the Pacific Resources
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Publish Date: 4/12/18
Xi’an Eurasia University provides high-quality, employment-focused private education in Shaanxi, China and is changing the perception of privately-run tertiary education in the country. With an education philosophy to maximize the employment potential of its students, Eurasia is committed to offering a combination of an applied curriculum and student-centered learning with hands-on industry experience. In 2016, 85 percent of students secured a job prior to graduation.
Publish Date: 3/20/18
Emerging markets and other sovereign nations are becoming a significant new force in the global green bond market attracting millions of dollars to help combat climate change by reaching a new class of investors through sovereign green bonds, according to a new report by IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank. This report, Guidance for Sovereign Green Bond Issuers, focuses on lessons from Fiji’s historic making move in being the first emerging economy to issue a sovereign green bond.
Publish Date: 3/12/18
This report highlights some of the central frictions that prevent greater financial inclusion and financial well-being, and associated technological innovations that are fostering creative new approaches to mitigating these frictions for individuals and small businesses globally.
Publish Date: 3/2/18
This Good Practice Handbook provides guidance to practitioners on taking rigorous and consistent approaches to assess and manage hydropower project impacts on downstream river ecosystems and people through the assessment and provision of environmental flows (EFlows).
Publish Date: 12/29/17
The report highlights IFC’s Corporate Governance work in Indonesia with two companies, Blue Bird, a leading transport group, and Saratoga, an active investment holding company. The case studies demonstrate the business case for good corporate governance in Indonesia through the experiences of IFC clients that have made significant governance improvements over the past few years and the impacts they reported.
Publish Date: 11/14/17
The study looks at the specific financial and non-financial needs and opportunities for women-owned SMEs in Vietnam. It quantifies the market opportunity for banks to target these SMEs with strategies that recognize the number of such businesses, annual revenues generated, number of employees, contribution to the economy, as well as their challenges and aspirations.
English, Vietnamese | IFC, 2017
Publish Date: 3/29/17
State-owned enterprises face unique corporate governance challenges. This publication presents OECD’s Guidelines on Corporate Governance of SOEs, 2015 edition, as a result of the contributions of experienced policy-makers and practitioners from a large number of OECD and non-OECD countries. The Vietnamese translation of this work is provided by the Vietnam Corporate Governance Project of IFC.
Publish Date: 3/1/17
With a focus on five countries—Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines—this publication summarizes the findings of a study aimed at providing tools and analysis to better engage with these markets for improved health outcomes. It explores the problems that public health systems face, and the opportunities for the private sector.
English | 20 Pages | 2017, IFC
Publish Date: 12/21/16
The 2015 G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance is a publication of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), help policy makers evaluate and improve the legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for corporate governance, with a view to supporting economic efficiency, sustainable growth and financial stability. First published in 1999, the Principles have since become an international benchmark for policy makers, investors, corporations and other stakeholders worldwide. This edition contains the results of the second review of the Principles, which has been strengthened to reflect experiences since 2004 and ensure the continuing high quality, relevance and usefulness of the Principles. With permission from the OECD, the IFC's Vietnam Corporate Governance Project has translated them into Vietnamese with an aim to provide the latest international benchmarks in Vietnamese language for various interested stakeholders in Vietnam to raise awareness, adopt and improve current corporate governance practices in the Vietnamese emerging corporate sector.
Publish Date: 9/26/16
CG Focus is a regular installment produced by the IFC Corporate Governance Group in Indonesia to provide IFC clients with insights into the evolving corporate governance landscape in Indonesia and advocate the adoption of leading governance practices. IFC is committed to ensuring environmental and social sustainability while promoting good corporate governance to help companies improve their capacity to manage risks and ultimately contribute to private sector growth and job creation.
Publish Date: 9/16/16
Launched in June 2016, the IFC-led Lighting Myanmar project will support this goal by helping international and Myanmar-based companies create a commercial and sustainable market for high-quality off-grid energy solutions, including solar lanterns, solar home systems, and mini-grids.
Publish Date: 9/16/16
MicroEnsure has developed pioneering insurance solutions for low-income people in Africa and Asia living on less than $4 per day. Founded in 2008, the company has introduced over 200 types of insurance for life, health, and accidents for the poor, and distributes its products through mobile network operators, microfinance institutions, and other organizations that low-income customers trust. The company reaches more than 40 million customers in 15 countries in Africa and Asia. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.
Publish Date: 8/18/16
The report aims to assess the current market for movable assets based lending with respect to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia. The sections of the report highlight the addressable demand for MSMEs and the current supply provided by various formal sources of financing in Indonesia. Traditionally, financial institutions have preferred lending against fixed asset collateral only. Using that as a starting point, the report seeks to identify the current challenges in lending against movable assets. It further extends the need for a greater financial infrastructure that can facilitate the ability of lenders to evaluate risks in movable assets based lending.
Publish Date: 7/5/16
The focus of this study is on the cruise tourism sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands (SI). PNG received 136 cruise ship calls at various ports in 2015, (which is similar to 137 in 2007). However, whereas the average passenger capacity of cruise ships in 2007 was 347 passengers, in 2015 average passenger capacity was 705 passengers. This trend indicates an increase in large cruise ships in recent years. While SI received a lower number of cruises, it displayed an upward growth projection.
Publish Date: 5/18/16
This report highlights the sizeable market opportunity that exists in Indonesia’s SME sector. It is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country and shows high potential. Yet it has long been underserved. As Indonesia seeks to transition from a labor intensive to a capital-based economy, this sector is now ripe for development. Our study pegs the potential demand for credit from the women-owned SME market at a substantial $6 billion.
Publish Date: 5/10/16
This page contains the Vietnamese versions of the IFC's Performance Standards and the World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines (known as the "EHS Guidelines"). IFC's Performance Standards, which are part of the Sustainability Framework, have become globally recognized as a benchmark for environmental and social risk management in the private sector.
Publish Date: 4/25/16
In this Special Issue of International Journal on Hydropower and Dams, IFC is featured in the Asia 2016 Conference Report. The conference was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR March 1-3, 2016.
Publish Date: 2/29/16
CCA and ASHA: Empowering Culinary and Hospitality
Publish Date: 11/30/15
Aier Eye Hospital: Efficient Management Leads to Clear
Publish Date: 10/22/15
This publication spotlights the ongoing efforts to create a more open, accountable, and transparent business sector throughout East Asia and the Pacific (EAP). IFC has been active in promoting corporate governance in EAP for the past several years. IFC’s approach is to leverage its private sector development expertise – gained through its investment activity and World Bank Group knowledge – to promote good governance practices at different levels of a market.
Publish Date: 10/19/15
This report was developed as part of IFC Agricultural Finance and Post-Harvest Handling Program in Vietnam, funded by the Canada-Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and IFC. The overall goal of this multi-year program is to improve sustainable rural growth in Vietnam, leading to an increased net income of USD 36.6 million for farmers by 2019. Specifically on agricultural financing, the program aims to support fnancial institutions in building capacity in order to expand financing to the agricultural sector, to farmers and value chain players.
Publish Date: 8/27/15
This publication presents strategies and opportunities for Cambodian rice as an export product. It will illustrate how the Cambodia rice sector can improve its product image and how and where it can better place its rice in international markets given a more detailed analysis of its current and potential customers.
Publish Date: 7/30/15
The report introduces and explains the current concepts of Financial Consumer Protection and to apply these concepts to the financial sector environment in Cambodia with a particular focus on the banking sector. This report provides a scan of the market place which serves as a basis for developing a common understanding as to the need to strengthen the Financial Consumer Protection Framework.
Publish Date: 6/5/15
As part of IFC's ongoing efforts to raise greater awareness of the merits of corporate governance, this publication cites Ho Chi Minh City Securities Corp. and Mobile World Investment Corp. as exemplary models.
Publish Date: 12/16/14
The report highlights the key trends, challenges, and opportunities for Mongolian SMEs in three areas: enabling environment, supply and demand prospects for financial and non-financial services, and demand for and access to finance, with a particular focus on women-owned businesses. The study is expected to provide guidance to IFC and other financial institutions in the design and implementation of their SME Banking and Women-focused products in Mongolia.