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VIETNAM’S NON-CASH PAYMENT MARKET BOOMS IN Q1

The figures suggest that mobile transaction has turned more popular in Vietnam, in tandem with the Government’s push for the development of non-cash payment methods, according to the Payment Department under the State Bank of Vietnam.

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TAX REDUCTION FOR MEDIUM-SIZED FIRMS MAY PROMPT UNFAIR COMPETITION: MINISTRY

If a corporate income tax reduction is proposed for micro, small and medium enterprises as a whole, nearly all enterprises will be subject to the incentive, which may lead to unfair competition among them, stated Nguyen Quoc Hung, deputy director of the Tax Policy Department under the Ministry of Finance.

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CORDIAL DISCUSSION ON CURRENCY MANIPULATION RUMOURS

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue last week arranged a phone call with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss a number of bilateral topics. High on the list was Vietnam’s currency and foreign exchange policy, which recently came into the spotlight as Vietnam ran the risk of being labelled as a “currency manipulator” by the US Treasury.

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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.