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Revised GDP for 2011-2017 period up over 25%

Vietnam’s total gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 25.4 % per year for the 2011-17 period after calculation was revised.

The revised GDP increased to 275 billion US dollars from current 220 billion US dollars  as of the end of 2017. The economy’s size at the end of the first half of 2019 exceeded 300 billion US dollars on the new calculation. Vietnam’s revised per-capita GDP has reached 3,000 US dollars instead of 2,590 US dollars.

The estimate was made two weeks after the revision plan was announced in mid-August.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the reading may change key indicators such as end consumption, wealth accumulation, gross national income (GNI), total per-capita GDP and incremental capital-output ratio (ICOR).

The revision could boost the country’s total GDP and per-capita GDP, bringing changes to the Government’s socio-economic development policies in the future and have an impact on household spending as Vietnam approaches the upper-middle income level.

It will not change Vietnam’s GDP growth targets and its socio-economic development plans as changes of GDP growth rates are minimal in recent years.

There will be opportunities to expand State budget income and Government’s spending. In addition, increased total GDP and per-capita GDP may boost Vietnam’s activities and efforts in the organisations to which the country is a member.

According to GSO chief Nguyen Bich Lam, the revision would bring Vietnam’s GDP calculation more in line with international standards. This is the second time the GSO has conducted a review of GDP calculation. In 2013, the bureau revised Vietnam’s GDP for 2008-12 in which it re-evaluated economic activities of banking and finance, insurance and real estate sectors.

“As Vietnam is developing a 10-year socio-economic development strategy for 2021-30 and a five-year plan for 2021-25, it (the revision) will help the Government address the country’s future path in 5-10 years,” Lam said.

GDP revision is common around the world but two-digit post-revision GDP growth rate has often happened to emerging economies such as Zambia (25 %), Ghana (60 %) and Nigeria (59.5 %). -VNA/VNP