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Vietnam bad debt hits 6.9 percent

Of note, pursuant to amendments to Circular 39 made in June, loan applications for less than VND 100 million or about US$4,000 no longer need to detail a plan for the borrowed funds. Also back in November and December of last year, to meet annual credit growth targets, Vietnam’s banks embarked on some pretty aggressive lending campaigns that saw credit growth jump considerably but in what looked like mostly consumer loans. It could be that some of these loans are now turning bad…

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Vietnam market-economy review outcome postponed to August

Of note, Vietnam’s efforts to be redesignated a market economy for trade remedies purposes has been met with quite a bit of resistance in the United States. Its case for redesignation is also pretty shaky in a few areas, currency convertibility and government, for example. As such it’s not really clear which way the DOC might fall…

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Vietnam targeting GDP CAGR of 10.18 percent to 2030

Vietnam’s GDP is currently US$4,620 according to IMF data which would mean Vietnam’s GDP would need to grow at a compounded annual growth rate–a CAGR–of 10.18 percent. For comparison, in the last five years Vietnam’s GDP has grown on a CAGR of just 6.08 percent…

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What Does a Devalued Yen Mean for Vietnam?

Earlier this year the Japanese yen hit a 38-year low against the greenback and it’s currently sitting about 15 percent lower now than it was at the start of the year. Similarly, the Vietnamese dong took a big fall but has been propped up by the State Bank which has by extension kept the local currency higher against the Yen too. This article looks at what that might mean for Vietnam…

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Vietnam PM pushes car registration reduction, despite legal risks

Of note, concerns were raised by the Ministry of Finance last week, that a car registration fee reduction policy that applies only to locally made vehicles could contravene the European Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and Vietnam could be at risk of being sued. This was reportedly raised by the EU as a potential problem earlier this year…

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Vietnam construction firm posts record quarterly profit, but not from construction

A closer look, however, reveals that most of this profit stemmed from financial activities, not core construction operations. Specifically, the firm booked nearly VND 503 billion or US$19.86 from the liquidation and sale of fixed assets. Additionally, financial revenue doubled year-over-year to US$1.82 million due to the sale of several of its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Of note, back in June, Hoa Binh announced that it would divest entirely from loss-making affiliated companies…

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Korean ratings firm enters Vietnam’s credit rating market

This is part of a wider push to improve the quality of Vietnam’s corporate bond market after a number of high profile cases of fraud were revealed. For example, in 2022, Hanoi-based developer of luxury apartment projects, Tan Hoang Minh,  was alleged to have defrauded investors of up to VND 10 trillion though corporate bond issuances…

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US firms Qorvo, Cadence launch chip design course in Vietnam

This cooperation in training semiconductor chip human resources between the U.S. and Vietnam follows on from a commitment made by The US president during his visit to Hanoi in September last year. It also fits with Vietnam’s ambitions to become a hub for semiconductor chip manufacturing companies, although a lack of skilled labour has proved problematic…

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Vietnam’s footwear exports recovering on back of lower tariffs

The surge in exports has been largely driven by the elimination of import duties through various free trade agreements. When the EVFTA came into effect in 2020, for example, tariff lines on Vietnamese footwear exported to the EU reduced by 37 percent, with any remaining tariffs to be eliminated progressively by 2027…

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Vietnamese to consume additional 2.56 million litres of soft drink by 2033

Of note, Vietnam is currently debating adding soft drinks to the list of items subject to the Special Consumption Tax. In the most recent version of a revised SCT, the Ministry of Finance has included a ten percent tax on drinks with 5 grams or more of sugar per 100 millilitres. This legislation, however, is still in its draft stage…

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Vietnam gold price jumps about 4 percent in one day

This is in line with the market moving to its own beat, often much higher than the world gold price, on the back of regulations that severely limit the importation of gold yet a culture that sees gold as an important store of wealth. This, coupled with challenging economic conditions, has fueled demand with the State Bank, reluctant to allow the import of more gold in the event it might put greater pressure on the local currency. Instead it has taken to selling gold from its own reserves to deflate the gold bar price…

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Vietnam state power provider reports first half loss of US$513 million

Of note, retail electricity prices in Vietnam are regulated and, though permitted, price rises are not all that common. This has led to EVN selling electricity below cost price. As of January, it was losing about VND 142.5 per kilowatt-hour sold. This has been ongoing for some time and has led to EVN accumulating the huge aforementioned losses. The issue here seems to be a reluctance to raise electricity prices rather than an inability to do so…

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Vietnam News Roundup: July 12 to July 18

This week’s Vietnam news roundup covers foreign trader stock market activity, electricity news, new manufacturing projects, State Bank currency management, the latest GDP growth estimates, the European Chamber of Commerce’s Business Confidence Index and more…

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Vietnam’s beer market to nearly double by 2032: Astute Analytica

These estimates come just weeks after the closure of the Heineken plant in Quang Nam, in central Vietnam which was big news with the provincial government set to lose out on VND 500 billion–or about US$19.8 million–in tax revenue each year. That is not to mention that a number of jobs will also likely be lost…

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Concerns raised Vietnam car registration fee cut could breach trade agreements

Car imports from Europe to Vietnam mostly came from France and Germany in the first half of this year and were worth a little shy of US$10 million collectively. Of note, import taxes on cars and motorcycles before the EVFTA came into force were between 32 percent and 70 percent. These will be progressively reduced to zero over the first seven to ten years of the agreement…

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