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Information on Activities of the DID Vietnam Project Office.

(Cập nhật ngày: 01/02/2010 - 05:00:00 PM )
Rural-Urban Interconnectivity to Help Fight Poverty Project
DID Vietnam Project Office
As we already mentioned in the VAPCF Bulletin in January 2010, the Interconnectivity Project Implementation Team in collaboration with DID are urgently implementing a number of work items of this Project. DID highly appreciates the efforts of the PIU and the local consultants in the preparation of complete documentation regarding requirement on FT solution, card solution and equipment infrastructure in order to organize selection of appropriate companies. Recently, all the documents were submitted to the DID for review and comments.
The FT solution, according to the tentative work plan of CCF, will take about five weeks to carry out design and development of modules of FT system according to the Users Requirement Specification Document, and to set up the business process requirement document. Then it takes about four weeks to test and complete the modules of FT system, to integrate with the digital signature authentication (CA) system, to complete users guide and business processes documents, and to complete the software and procedure for FT system security, to package FT system, to install user guide scenarios and to complete the user guide and business processes documents; to integrate between the FT system and the BMS-PCF.net system. After that, it will conduct training and deployment in the pilot PCFs.
In order to validate the duration for upgrading the BMS-PCF.net and integration of FT system into BMS-PCF.net with DID consultants, DID proposed a joint meeting between PIU-CCF, VAPCF, ATI and DID in early March.
It is expected in March 2010, CCF will conduct to equip the Processing Center, to install virtual private network (VPN) in order to connect the CCF and 8 pilot PCF together so as to prepare for the deployment of the FT system and will work closely with VAPCF-IT cie. and DID’s consultant in order to integrate FT solution in BMS-PCF.net software.
As mentioned in the beginning of the Project, BMS-PCF.net is a prerequisite for PCFs to participate in this project, i.e, to offer fund transfer and IC transactions with CCF. The FT modules and IC modules will be integrated into BMS-PCF.net so, with one click, the PCFs can log on BMS-PCF.net and do all transactions for its members (lending, deposition, fund transfer, IC, etc.). Therefore, DID encourages PCFs to use BMS-PCF.net system as soon as possible.
Regarding the card solution, Recently, CCF chose a short list of card solutions venders who are prestigious in the international market as well as in Vietnam. It is expected that in March 2010, CCF will select one company to conduct negotiation in order to enter into contract for the card solution.
Upon the need to have a master implementation plan of the Project in Vietnam, and it will be easier for the implementation and for monitoring the progress of the Project.
Within the framework of the “Interconnectivity Project”  and the “Support for VAPCF” Project, Mr. Jacques Pelletier and Mr. Martin Gingras, IT specialists, and Mr. Claude Lapointe – Pricing specialist from DID-Canada had a working mission in Vietnam in January 2010. The following article was written by Mr. Jacques Pelletier about his impression and feelings in his recent working visit.
DID has been supporting the PCF network in the development and the deployment of BMS-PCF since the beginning of its design. My first missions since 2005 were about the design of a transactional software system for the PCFs and how to help some PCF to deliver the remittance services so needed by their members.
Today, the earlier version of BMS-PCF system has been redesigned in a new version called BMS-PCF.Net. The redesign has been made by the VAPCF IT Company. This new version is a prerequisite for the installation of the fund transfer and the IC transaction for the Rural IC project. This new system will allow the PCF members to transfer money thru the PCFs network and to have access to their account easily and safely.
Martin and I visited three PCFs that have been implemented with the new version BMS-PCF.Net, Quang Trung, Phung Xa and Duu Lau. Two of the three PCFs are already using BMS-PCF.net in their day to day transaction with their members. However, one PCF has required adjustments in the new system particularly to take into account their transaction offices. The VPACF and its IT Company have made the necessary adjustments. One main challenge that BMS-PCF.net has to achieve is to deliver a system that fits every PCF in its own local way of doing business and a system that is standardized enough to facilitate communication between PCFs and third parties like government agencies, central bank and regional or provincial offices.
At the CCF, Martin and I worked with the CCF staff on the design of the system that will allow fund transfer and inter-connectivity transaction in the PCF network using the CCF facilities and branches. In order to develop, to implement and to deploy such functionalities, CCF has to make a lot of investment in technology. The technological infrastructure that will put in place will be the basic framework for the communication between PCFs, CCF, VAPCF and third parties... even at term with the members. Martin and I are two specialists in technology. We have been working in Desjardins for many years in the technology department. We are very happy that the expertise we have acquired could be useful to PCF network and can help it to have a secure and better telecommunication network. In order to achieve the development and implementation of such a telecommunication network, CCF asks the help of local IT consultants and puts in place a training program to update its own internal expertise. We visited the training facilities and worked with the local consultants on a review of the system design. We felt CCF has every ingredient to make this telecommunication a success on which future technological facilities can be based.
For my part, I have been in Vietnam many times now and it is always a pleasure to be here and to work with people from the PCF networks. It was a first time for Martin and like I was the first time and still I am, he is impressed by the warm reception and welcome we received at every site we visited.  We expect to be back soon to participate with VAPCF on the deployment of BMS-PCF.Net and work with CCF on the new telecommunication system.
“Support for VAPCF project”
          DID Vietnam Project Office
As it has been mentioned in the previous bulletin, the SBV Deputy Governor has been confirmed for the Project’s Approval. This project is composed of 2 following major components:
·         Support for the Deployment of the BMS-PCF Solution
·         Human Resource Development Support:
Transfer of a distance learning program;       
An awareness-raising internship within apex organizations of two emerging foreign financial cooperative networks in Russia and Lithuania.
Regarding the Human Resource Development Support component, DID has completely transferred to the VAPCF the training documents of the distance learning program PAMEF (Programme d’appui à la mobilisation de l’épargne dans la francophonie- Support Program for the mobilization of savings in the French-speaking world) (PAMEF).The DistanceTraining Program is without doubt, a remarkable success of the PAMEF, managed by Développement International Desjardins (DID) in collaboration with the Pan African Advanced Institute for Cooperative Economy (ISPEC).
It is necessary to customize the training document to have a distance learning program suitable to the Vietnamese context. Therefore, on January 29th 2010, at the VAPCF office, the meeting of “Starting up the distance training program” has been held with the presence of the leader of the VAPCF, the members of the Operation and Validation committee who will have the responsibility on the training document adaptation and DID–Vietnam. The members of these committee all have long term experiences on the training with the expertise on the finance – banking field, they are all coming from the Banking Academic of Vietnam and the State Bank of Vietnam.  
During this meeting, the leader of the VAPCF has demonstrated their determination to build up a  comprehensive distance training program for the PCF network with the international standard and suitable with the Vietnamese context. This program is designed for the purpose of enhancing the human resources of the PCFs by providing the specialized knowledges and skills on the organization and management for this type of institutions. Also, the representative of the Operation and Validation committee has given their commitment and enthusiasm to support the VAPCF editing the training document to adapt with the organization structure and the professional requirement of the PCF network in Vietnam.  
The training document adaptation is expected to be completed by the beginning of May 2010. This training material will be used as an standardized training document for the distance training program of the VAPCF in order to:
·         professionalize the human resource of the PCF, especially for the PCF’ staffs in the remote  area.
·         ensure the training provided across the country (in the North, South, Centre);
·         satisfy the need for human resource training at the PCFs.

For immediate release
Lévis, February 8, 2010 – Among the partners of Développement international Desjardins (DID) who are members of the Proxfin international network, there are individuals who, in the spirit of Alphonse Desjardins, demonstrate an outstanding dynamic and creative approach to increasing access to financial services within their community. This year, DID would like to take the time to honour the very special commitment of five of these Outstanding Partners. Visit the Our Partners page at
www.did.qc.ca to learn more about them.
In Lithuania, Sigitas Bubnys played an active role in the evolution of the Lithuanian network of financial cooperatives, eventually becoming its director general. Among other contributions, he helped to introduce numerous innovations, such as the liquidity management fund and the stabilization fund, which today contribute to the financial health of the cooperatives and the network as a whole. Above all, he played a central role in the creation of the Lithuanian Central Credit Union (LCCU) of which he is now director general. This outstanding administrator is widely respected not only in his own country but also on the international scene. Sigitas Bubnys also played an active role in setting up the Proxfin network for study and discussion. Founding vice chairman of this international network, he was elected chairman in November 2009 at the Proxfin international seminar hosted by the LCCU.
In Senegal, Khady Fall Diop is one of the pioneers of the PAMÉCAS network of savings and credit cooperatives in Senegal. As early as 1996, she was involved in the emergence of the financial cooperatives as director of a base coop in Pikine. After being named chair of her cooperative's board of directors, Khady Fall Diop became the first woman to chair the board of directors of the Union, the apex organization for all the cooperatives in the network. In this role she proudly represented them both nationally and internationally from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, Khady Fall Diop was hired by the network as coordinator for its health mutual. She poured all her energy into this role, so that the network could ensure social protection for the great majority of the population who, at that time, did not have access to a formal system of health coverage. Initially introduced in her cooperative, the mutual soon expanded throughout the network due to its success, thereby facilitating access to health care for members and their families.
In the Philippines, the NATCCO network of financial cooperatives owes a great deal to Cresente Paez. As director general of the network from 2004 to 2009, this tireless worker played a vital role in the reconfiguration of NATCCO and the refocusing of its activities on financial intermediation, at a time when several coops were offering a multitude of non-financial services. Disarmingly unpretentious and always true to his word, he was able to convince the cooperatives that the proposed undertaking was well-founded. He maintained the course and thereby ensured the success of this ambitious operation, despite the resistance that he sometimes encountered along the way. In 2009, NATCCO stakeholders demonstrated their continued confidence in Cresente Paez, electing him head of the institution's political section. In this role, he represents NATCCO in the Philippine House of Representatives, where he has imposed himself as a visionary who is proactive in the development of the country's cooperatives.
In Mexico, Héctor Vásquez Tinoco worked all year long in 1973 to set up the Hipódromo financial cooperative, which today is affiliated with the UNISAP federation in the state of Durango in Mexico. In addition to being a founding member, he has held several positions within the cooperative of which he is currently director general. Wishing to ensure the performance and good governance of the Mexican financial cooperative movement, Héctor Vásquez Tinoco played an important role in the integration of the cooperatives into a federated network. In addition, he campaigned ardently for regulation of the sector. Under the guidance of Héctor Vásquez Tinoco, and thanks to his convictions, the Hipódromo cooperative succeeded in obtaining certification from the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV). This official recognition reflects its diligent operation and conformity with the principles laid out in the new legislation governing savings and credit cooperatives. Today his cooperative is recognized as one of the most important in the north of the country.
In Mali, Ousmane Sidibé chose to become involved in his community by taking an active part in setting up the Yirimadio savings and credit cooperative and encouraging others to become members. In recognition of his influence in the community and the awareness efforts that he organized, he was elected to the first board of directors of the cooperative when it opened in January 1997. He extended his commitment in 2002, becoming a board member of the Nyèsigiso network of savings and credit cooperatives, a position he still holds today. He also chaired the steering committee for the network reconfiguration project, which played a great part in maintaining the efficiency and profitability of the cooperatives. The reconfiguration of Nyèsigiso led to the amalgamation of the Yirimadio cooperative with four other cooperatives, and it was in Ousmane Sidibé that the members placed their confidence, making him chairman of Commune VI, the new cooperative resulting from the amalgamation.
About Proxfin
Proxfin is an international network for study and discussion comprising thirty community finance institutions and Développement international Desjardins (DID). Proxfin member financial institutions have an impact on nine million families and entrepreneurs throughout the world. Proxfin's goal is to foster communication among these institutions, which share the same values and approach to performance, and improve practices in community finance.

About DID
Développements international Desjardins (DID) is a component of the Desjardins Group. For 40 years now it has supported the creation, development and strengthening of financial institutions in over twenty countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. Specialized in providing technical support and investment for the community finance sector, DID
draws on the rich and diverse experience acquired through collaboration with numerous partners, and on the 100 years of experience of the Desjardins Group, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. DID works in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency, the World Bank and other multilateral organizations.
Karina Lehoux
Institutional Affairs and Communications
Développement international Desjardins
Telephone: (418) 835-2401, extension 5796
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