Despite the current increasing foreign investment inflows, merged and acquired banks will consider selling stakes to foreign investors after completing the restructuring to up the attractiveness of sales, bank officials said.
The Ministry of Finance aims to have financial cloud infrastructure fully operational by 2025. Innovation in mobile devices and cloud technology on a large scale is key to technological application of the fourth industrial revolution, said Minister of Finance Đinh Tiến Dũng.
Vietnam's access to credit has improved significantly and remained stable among the top 30 countries. In the Doing Business Report 2018 released by the World Bank (WB), the country’s Getting Credit Index ranked 29th out of 90 countries, lower than that of Malaysia and Cambodia at 20th and on par with Singapore but higher than that of Thailand (42), Indonesia (55), Laos (77) and the Philippines (142).
Payments for e-commerce transactions must be made via banks or authorised payment intermediary services, according to the draft of the amended Law on Tax Management. The draft law, which was recently released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) for recommendation, aims to better manage and collect taxes on e-commerce businesses, which have developed strongly in Việt Nam in recent years.
Many banks have slashed deposit interest rates by 20-40 basis points given their ample liquidity, Tien Phong newspaper reports. Vietnam Prosperity Commercial Bank (VPBank) has lowered rates by 20 basis points for deposits of less than six months, 30 basis points for six- and seven-month tenors, and 40 basis points for savings of between eight and 11 months. This is the third deposit rate cut of VPBank in two months.
Some commercial banks appreciated the US dollar after last week’s interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve (Fed). Experts, however, have said the exchange rate between the US dollar and Vietnamese đồng is likely to remain relatively stable throughout the year.
Commercial banks have been active in the bond market, buying more 30-year Government bonds which they earlier considered risky, according to Forbes Vietnam.
Commercial banks are optimistic about the foreign exchange market in 2018, noting that the market would be stable with the Vietnamese đồng devaluing slightly by some 0.5-1 percentage points to VNĐ22,710 to VNĐ22,950.