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Vietnam CB Cuts Interest Rates

Vietnam CB Cuts Interest RatesVietnam CB Cuts Interest Rates

The State Bank of Vietnam has cut several interest rates for the first time since 2014, in order to support businesses and boost economic growth.

As per the central bank’s statement, the annual refinancing interest rate, rediscount interest rate and overnight interest rate applied to electronic inter-bank payments and the rate of loans to offset capital shortage in clearing of payments between the SBV and domestic banks have all been cut by 0.25 percentage points. The new rates come into effect Monday, VNS reported.

Specifically, the refinancing rate has been reduced from 6.5% per year to 6.25%; the rediscount rate from 4.5% per year to 4.25%; and other rates from 7.5% to 7.25% annually.

The maximum annual short-term interest rate for loans in Vietnam dong currency by credit institutions to meet customers’ demand for capital in some sectors has also been cut by 0.5 percentage points.

Businesses operating in agricultural, export and auxiliary industries; small and medium-sized enterprises; and high-tech firms will now enjoy a short-term lending rate of 6.5% per year, instead of 7%.

The maximum rate applied for loans supplied by the People’s Credit Fund and other micro-financial institutions has been lowered to 7.5% from 8%.

These adjustments are expected to help increase liquidity for banks to provide loans, stabilize interest rates, the foreign exchange rate and the foreign currency market, thereby contributing to controlling inflation and achieving a sustainable economic growth.

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