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- 15 / 07 / 2018 -
Regulation on green government bonds

On June 30, 2018 the government promulgates Decree No.95/2018/NĐ-CP on regulating on the issuance, registration, depository, listing and transaction of debt instruments of the government on the stock market. This Decree takes effect from July 01, 2018.
Accordingly, Decree No.95/2018/NĐ-CP provides on a new bond, it is named green bond as follows:
1. Definition: The green bonds are bonds that are released by the government to invest in projects related environment protecting activities according to the provisions in Law on Environment protection (green project) and in the project list that is divided capital investment in accordance with the Law on Public Investment and the State Budget Law.
2. Regarding to construction responsibility: The Ministry of Finance shall coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in elaborating schemes on issuance of green government bonds and report to the Prime Minister for approval before implementation. The content of the project includes:
– Purpose of release;
– Mass of release;
– Conditions and terms of bonds;
– Buyer of bonds;
– Method of issuance;
– Registration, depository, listing and transaction;
– List of projects using capital from bond issuance.
3. Regarding to process of issuing and trading: Similar to government bonds, green bond will be issued and traded through three major forms:
– Bidding of bonds;
– Guaranting of bonds;
– Individual issuance of bonds;
– Trading bonds on the securities market through ordinary purchasing, re-purchasing, combined selling and re-buying, and other types of transactions in accordance with the law on securities.
With detailed and specific regulations, Decree No. 95/2018 / ND-CP is expected to promote green bond issuance, listing and trading activities – a new type of bonds are being seen as an effective channel to attract capital for environmental protection projects, thereby reducing the impact of climate change in Vietnam.