Paper, Prices and Politics. An evaluation of the Swedish support to the Bai Bang project in Vietnam

Sida Evaluation
Nicholas Blower
In 1974 Sweden began its largest development cooperation project the Bai Bang project in Vietnam. The project involved construction of an integrated pulp and paper mill at Bai Bang about 100 kilometres north of Hanoi, and provision of the necessary infrastructure and training support to ensure a successful handover to Vietnamese management. Its overall objective was to raise Vietnamese living standards by providing a domestic production capacity to satisfy Vietnams paper needs. From 1974 to 1995 Sweden committed about SEK2.8 billion (SEK6.5 billion in 1996 prices) to the project (mill and forestry) including side projects covering housing, transport and vocational training.

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