Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam constituency
Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam form a constituency that collectively represents their interests at the Board of Directors at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
The constituency is currently led by Director Mr Chris Legg of Australia and Alternate Director Ms Khuong Thanh Ha of Vietnam.
As the main representative of the constituency, the Director is the primary contact for AIIB Management and consults proactively with all other members of the constituency in seeking to understand their views and shape a shared constituency position on issues considered by the Board of Directors. Similarly, the Alternate Director takes a leading role in assisting the Director to represent the interests of the constituency.
Under the constituency’s agreed arrangements, the Director role is a two-year term and the Alternate Director role is a one-year term. Over the first 20 years, it is agreed that Australia will take the Director role six terms out of 10, Vietnam twice, and New Zealand and Singapore one each. Australia will fill the Alternate Director role whenever another country fills the Director role.
In its interactions, the constituency is guided by a shared commitment to transparency, inclusiveness and open engagement among its members.
Information on the operation of the constituency may be found at Guiding Principles for the Operation of the Constituency.
Chris Legg – Director
Chris Legg is Treasury’s Chief Adviser responsible for monitoring developments in China and their implications for Australia. He represents Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam on the Board of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
He has had extensive experience in the Treasury and at Australia’s Office of National Assessments, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on international economics, foreign investment, the financial system, national security and infrastructure.
In 2014, the DC based Woodrow Wilson Center for Public Scholars published his book, International Cooperation in a Time of Transition: The IMF, G20 and the Global Financial Crisis.
Khuong Thanh Ha – Alternate Director
With over 20 years of experience in the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV), Ms. Ha has worked extensively in various areas of international policy. Her work over the years has included managing SBV’s relations with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank; and bilateral relationships with other central banks, monetary authorities and banking supervisory agencies in the region and globally. She is also heavily involved with Vietnam’s role in the International Investment Bank and International Bank for Economic Cooperation.
At present, Ms Ha is the Deputy Director General of the Department for Overseas Cooperation at the State Bank of Viet Nam. Over the past year, she has been responsible for developing policy solutions for complex issues related to international financial institutions, macroeconomic events, and a range of other issues in the multilateral space.
Ms. Ha holds a Masters of Science in Wealth Management from Singapore Management University, and a Bachelor degree from Ha Noi Banking Academy, Viet Nam.