Vietnam: Central bank to cut policy rates effective 13 May 20

  • The State Bank of Vietnam announced a reduction in its policy rates, making a second cut in less than two months to help the economy weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • With just 288 infections and no deaths, the Southeast Asian nation has seen no community infections for nearly a month, putting it on course to resume economic activity sooner than most others in the region.
  • The refinancing rate will be cut to 4.5% from 5% and the discount rate to 3% from 3.5%, effective 13 May 20, the central bank said in a statement.
  • The central bank said it would also lower the caps on the interest rates of VND-denominated deposits from 13 May 20, cutting returns on deposits by 0.3-0.5 percentage points, depending on the maturities.
  • Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said last week Vietnam will try to keep its economic growth above 5% in 2020, backed by public investment, foreign direct investment, exports and domestic consumption.

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