Between 1976 and 2015, the household electrification rate in Viet Nam grew from 2.5% to 97.3%. The national power system moved initially from an underdeveloped and isolated one with electricity supply availability for cities and large industries to a more modern power system focusing on ensuring sustainability of the rural electricity supply business. Today, the political interest is focusing on extending access to those in remote and inaccessible areas without electricity, and ensuring the affordability of electricity for the poor.
Viet Nam has been receiving generous international financial and expertise support through a number of rural electrification programs and initiatives. Nevertheless, as the last miles of the path are normally the most difficult and costliest, additional resources and support would need to be mobilised toward achieving the country’s goal in expanding electricity access to 100% households by 2020.
The TWG on Access to Energy (AE) operates within the frameworks set out in the VEPG MOU and TWG TOR for fostering support activities in the given theme with focus on rural electrification in remote areas.
Director of Division of Rural Electricity and Power Grid, Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Head of Cooperation
Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam