A transaction office of BaoVietBank (Photo: VNA)
– For the time ahead, the State Bank
of Vietnam (SBV) will keep a proactive and flexible monetary policy basing on market developments and forecasts for the macro-economy, SBV Deputy
Governor Dao Minh Tu told a meeting on April 22.
This monetary policy is meant to control this year’s
inflation within the targeted ceiling of about 4 percent, support
macroeconomic stabilisation, assist economic recovery, ensure liquidity,
maintain the stability in the monetary and forex markets, and create conditions
to reduce capital expenses for people, businesses, and the economy as a whole,
the official said.
The SBV will maintain a close watch on domestic and foreign
macro-economic and monetary changes, foreign exchange rate developments, as
well as foreign currency demand and supply to set appropriate exchange rates,
he noted, adding that it will uniformly carry out measures and policy tools to stabilise exchange rates and the forex market to help ensure
Besides, credit provision will be boosted, especially for
priority fields to match economic restructuring and help fuel growth and stabilise
Tu also stressed the need to tighten control over credit for
high-risk areas like real estate, transport projects in build-operate-transfer (BOT)
and build-transfer (BT) formats, and securities while at the same time taking
synchronous solutions to tackle difficulties facing those hit hard by the
COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.
The central bank will order credit institutions to
facilitate people and enterprises’ access to credit to help minimise loan-sharking,
Pham Thanh Ha, Director of the SBV’s Monetary Policy
Department, reported a credit growth rate of 3.34 percent as of April 16,
compared to the end of 2020, pointing out that the credit growth has begun stagnating
as credit has increased by just 0.41 percent in half a month though the rise
was 0.76 percent in January, eased slightly to 0.66 percent in February due
to the COVID-19 resurgence, and surged by 2.93 percent in March.
The SBV affirmed that since the year’s beginning, it has
flexibly and synchronously used monetary policy tools to ensure liquidity for
the banking system, stabilise the monetary market, and help reduce input cost
for credit organisations, thereby easing the pressure on deposit and lending