IMF Regional Resident Representative Francois Painchaud addresses the Vietnam Economic Forum in Hanoi on December 5 (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnam is
showing signs of socio-economic recovery though the COVID-19 pandemic remains
complex, according to Francois Painchaud, Regional Resident Representative of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the country.
Speaking at the Vietnam Economic Forum
2021 on December 5, Painchaud said the this started in the fourth quarter, and the country can achieve a GDP growth rate
of 2.5 percent this year and 6.6 percent in 2022.
He underlined the importance of
enhancing the healthcare capacity to economic recovery, noting that timely
fiscal and monetary policies for right groups and tools of restructuring to support
development in the long term can help minimise the pandemic’s impact.
The official held that the size of fiscal
measures in developed economies can be applied to other countries, including
Vietnam. More importantly, policy support needs to be based on the pandemic’s
developments as well as the economic development process in each country. Border
closure and social distancing measures should be accompanied by policy support
for essential sectors.
Temporary but timely assistance
measures must be provided for the worst-hit households or enterprises when a
country gradually moves towards reopening, he noted.
The pandemic has considerably affected
employment, especially in the informal sector, and small- and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs), but Vietnam can still realise its aspirations, provided that more drastic
reforms are made, according to Painchaud.
Addressing the forum, Bui Quang Tuan,
Director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics, also pointed out several
positive signs indicating growth recovery in the country.
However, he also noted that businesses
are facing a serious shortage of capital or encountering obstacles to credit
Tuan suggested aid packages that are
big and timely enough and “directly injecting vitality into the economy” be issued to bolster
Proposing several measures for
economic recovery and sustainable development, he said the monetary policy must
enable interest rate reduction, the fiscal policy focus on spending on health care
and social housing, attention be paid to developing SMEs, public investment be
stepped up, and digital transformation and digital economy be facilitated./.