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EXCHANGE RATE FORECAST TO BE STABLE IN 2019

According to analysts from the Fitch Group’s Fitch Solutions Macro Research, the dong will weaken slightly against the dollar to VND23,700 by the end of the year, and average VND23,440 per dollar over 2019, which represents a 1.8 per cent depreciation from the average of 2018.

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VCCI SUGGESTS CENTRAL BANK RECONSIDER CASH LOAN PROPOSALS

The Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) this week suggested the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) reconsider a proposal on limiting unsecured personal loans in cash by consumer finance companies.

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CENTRAL BANK ASKS FOR TIGHTENED CONTROL OVER REAL ESTATE LOANS

The State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) has asked for the control over real estate loans by credit institutions to be enhanced, especially in areas showing signs of land price fever.

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REMITTANCES TO HCM CITY REACH $1.2 BILLION IN Q1

Remittances to HCM City were estimated to reach US$1.2 billion in the first quarter of this year, according to Nguyen Hoang Minh, Deputy Director of the State Bank of Vietnam’s branch in the southern city.

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CREDIT GROWTH RATE ESTIMATED AT 2.28 PER CENT IN Q1

The central bank reported that in the first three months of 2019, exchange rates and the foreign exchange market remained stable, supported by the abundant foreign currency supply, good liquidity in the market, and credit organisations’ continued purchase of foreign currencies from their clients. These have created optimum conditions for the SBV to continue buying foreign currencies to add to foreign exchange reserves, it noted.

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MINISTRY PROPOSES LOWERING CIT FOR SMES

The ministry said that SMEs played a significant role in the country’s socio-economic development and were recognised to be the driver for economic growth, citing statistics that Việt Nam had more than 600,000 firms, nearly 500,000 of them were private firms with 96 per cent of being small and micro scales.

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PUBLIC DEBT A BIG RISK FOR VN'S ECONOMY, SAY EXPERTS

According to Professor Dat, Vietnam’s economic performance has showed positive signs with last year’s GDP growth rate at 7.08 per cent, the highest rate in the last ten years. The primary contributions to growth come from Foreign Direct Investment, the processing and manufacturing industry, domestic consumption and a trade surplus.

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CIRCULAR ON RATING CREDIT INSTITUTIONS, FOREIGN BANK BRANCHES ISSUED

The State Bank of Viet Nam issued Circular No. 52/2018/TT-NHNN on rating credit institutions and foreign bank branches from 2019 onward.Credit institutions and foreign bank branches are divided into six groups including (1) large-scale commercial banks with a quarterly average asset value exceeding VND100 trillion; (2) small sized commercial banks with a quarterly average asset value equal to or lower than VND100 trillion.