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State Bank considers cutting prime interest rate

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is to make decision soon on cutting the prime interest rate, the bank’s Deputy Governor Dao Miinh Tu said at a meeting on March 12.

He said reducing the central interest rate is a solution to help credit organisations have abundant liquidity thus in a better position to support businesses amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Deputy Governor added that the SBV has yet to consider adjust the credit growth target because the Government has not adjusted macro-economic objectives. He noted that many banks have launched big credit packages with reduced interest rates to support enterprises and people affected by the epidemic.

According to Nguyen Quoc Hung, director of the SBV’s Credit Department, credit organisations have re-scheduled debt payment deadlines for loans worth 21.75 trillion VND (940 million USD), and cut interest rates for loans worth 185 trillion VND (7.96 billion USD) for 34,350 customers.

Hung said credit growth was very slow due to the epidemic, at 0.1 percent this year to March 4 compared to a 0.85 percent increase in the same period last year. Preliminary reports of 23 credit organisations showed about 926 trillion VND worth of loans (or 11.3 percent of the total banking system’s outstanding loans) was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

He reported that the SBV had received appeals for help from business associations in transport, leather-footwear, cassava, coffee, and non-State education sectors. In response, the SBV has adopted such measures as debt rescheduling, waiver or lowering of the lending interest rates against existing loans under Circular 01/2020, which will take effect on March 13. ,

The SBV will continue to closely monitoring the developments and impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic so as to take timely measures to support production and business activities, thus reducing losses caused by the epidemic./.