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More than 1.1 million customers register for Mobile Money service



Mobile Money increases the access and use of financial services, especially in rural, mountainous, remote, border and islands of Việt Nam. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — The total number of customers registering for and using the Mobile Money service reached more than 1.1 million by the end of March.

Of which, the number of customers registering and using the service in rural, mountainous, remote, border and island areas is nearly 660,000, accounting for more than 60 per cent.

The Lao Động (Labourer) newspaper co-operated with the Payment Department under the State Bank of Việt Nam and the Việt Nam Telecommunications Authority under the Ministry of Information and Communications to organise a workshop on promoting the development of Mobile Money in Việt Nam.

More than 3,000 business points accepting Mobile Money method have been established by the end of March. In which, the number of establishments in rural, remote, border and island areas is about 900, accounting for about 30 per cent.

The total number of transactions using Mobile Money has reached more than 8.5 million with a total value of more than VNĐ370 billion (US$16 million).

Lê Anh Dũng, deputy director of the Payment Department, said that the pilot enterprises had achieved positive results and ensured safety after nearly six months of implementation, contributing to the development of non-cash payment activities, increasing the access and use of financial services, especially in rural, mountainous, remote, border and islands of Việt Nam.

Dũng assessed that the deployment of Mobile Money service had taken advantage of infrastructure and data and telecommunications networks, which has helped reduce social costs and expand cashless payment channels on mobile devices, bringing convenience to users and meetting the actual needs of people and society.

Trương Quang Việt, deputy general director of Viettel Digital Services Corporation, said that after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, production and business activities encountered many difficulties, which makes the country realise more clearly than ever that the universalisation of digital payments is necessary.

The transition to the digital economy was a paramount task, he emphasised.

Regardless of internet connection or bank account, with just phone numbers, users across the country could make cashless transactions, extremely easily through a Mobile Money account, he said.

Especially, in the period of the new normal, Mobile Money plays an important role in expanding trade opportunities for everyone, bridging the geographical and technological gap.

Việt said that as 40 per cent of Vietnamese people do not have a bank account, the deployment of Mobile Money also created favourable conditions for the Government to carry out support activities for disadvantaged groups, people in remote areas such as the disbursement of subsidies, social security funds and loans to facilitate economic development.

The representative from Viettel said that the benefits of Mobile Money to people were undeniable.

“However, for the first time officially being licensed in the Vietnamese market, Mobile Money has also posed a problem in changing people’s spending and money use behaviour,” he said.

Việt suggested Việt Nam should speed up disbursement activities, support production and business for disadvantaged groups and people in remote areas through Mobile Money, so that it would become both a method and a driving force to improve people’s lives, stimulate use and bring mobile money closer to life.

Along with that, State management agencies also needed to provide orientations and work out support policies to build and further replicate non-cash payment models across the country, so all citizens soon access and accept digital payments as a familiar and convenient form of spending, he proposed.

Banks and carriers deploying Mobile Money should also continue to maintain and further promote cooperation, thereby bringing value to people when using digital payment utilities, noted Việt.

So that, all people in all regions of the country could receive more and more benefits from the cashless economy, which motivates them to use and gradually change spending habits in daily life, he added. —



Upgrading the market for the sake of all participants




An employee passes electronic boards showing share prices inside Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange in HCM City. — VNA/ Photo Hữu Khoa

HÀ NỘI — An upgrade to emerging status will not only help the stock market develop quickly, transparently and sustainably, but also attract huge foreign capital inflows, said experts. 

Recently, the Government has directed to purge the market and improve the trading system’s capacity, showing its determination to enhance the quality of the stock market.

The refinement is to protect investors and open a door for the Vietnamese stock market to be upgraded from a frontier to an emerging market.

Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has taken an interest in the development of the capital market and the stock market, including the matter of upgrading the market. 

During a trip to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit, on May 16, the PM visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – the largest stock exchange in the world – hoping it supports and shares experience to develop an effective and sustainable stock market in Việt Nam, and successfully build a regional financial centre. 

PM Chính also expected the NYSE and its Vietnamese partners to foster a sustainable, mutually beneficial partnership, contributing to making the Việt Nam-US comprehensive partnership more substantive and effective.

On the occasion, PM Chính witnessed the awarding ceremony of two cooperation documents in the fields of finance, banking and investment funds between Vietnamese and US partners, including a cooperation document between the Vietnamese State Securities Commission (SSC) and the NYSE regarding support to upgrade the country’s stock market and build a mechanism for investors to participate in both stock markets.

Previously, the PM chaired a conference on developing a safe, transparent, efficient and sustainable capital market to stabilise the macro-economy and ensure major balances of the economy.

At the conference, PM Chính also asked the Ministry of Finance to immediately solve the order congestion situation and invest in technological innovation and digital technology application, while urgently implementing measures to upgrade the market from frontier to emerging status to attract investment capital, especially foreign investment.

Dominic Scriven, head of the Việt Nam Business Forum’s (VBF) Capital Markets Working Group, said that the move to purify the market is a great effort and determination from the Government.

As the goal is to build and develop a safe, transparent and sustainable securities market, cleansing the market will ensure the interests of businesses and genuine investors, increase the stock market’s appeal, and attract more investment capital flows both at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, Phạm Lưu Hưng, chief economist of SSI Securities Company (SSI), said that the move to purge the market in recent years raised expectations that the upgrade process will be easier. Hưng hoped that in the next assessment, the Market Rating Organization (MSCI) will note some positive comments about what Việt Nam has done.

According to Minister of Finance Hồ Đức Phớc, the ministry is currently working with international organisations to deploy solutions to upgrade the stock market by 2025 as per the set roadmap.

Huge foreign capital inflows

Analysts believe that the upgrade from frontier to emerging status will be an important driving force for the market.

Zafer Mustafaoglu, World Bank (WB) Practice Manager for Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) for East Asia and Pacific, said that the capital market development is a long-term effort, and there is still much work to be done in Việt Nam.

Upgrading to emerging market status is not only an improvement in position, but also signals strong enhancement in quality with a solid market foundation.

Upgrading to an emerging market also attracts the attention of high-ranking international investors to Việt Nam. In the stock market, upgrading to an emerging market could result in an additional US$10 billion in new investment for the country. The first year alone can receive an additional $2-5 billion.

According to Nguyễn Minh Tuần, General Director of AFA Capital Investment JSC, the criteria for upgrading from frontier to emerging status focus on two main factors – size and liquidity of the market (quantitative) and market access (qualitative).

In terms of size and liquidity, there are four criteria which are the number of companies included in the Standard Index, total market capitalisation, floating capitalisation and market liquidity. Việt Nam has almost met three standards, he said. 

The main issue is qualitative standards. In the latest ranking in June 2021, there are nine criteria that the country has not yet met, including the ownership rate, ownership restrictions and equal rights of foreign investors.


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EVN accelerating projects to gear up for hot season




EVN workers checks electricity equipment. — VNA/  Photo

HÀ NỘI — Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said it is accelerating power generation and grid projects, especially urgent infrastructure, to ensure supplies in the hot season.

The State-owned group said in the first four months of 2022, the firm and its subsidiaries had started work on 30 projects and put into use 31 grid facilities between 110kV – 500kV.

It cited meteorological forecasting centres as saying that heatwaves this year are likely to appear in the northern and central regions later than usual, but won’t be too severe.

Power demand in the north is unlikely to rise sharply in May, and daily consumption will be around 805 million kWh.

EVN noted that this month, it is working to guarantee supply for production and business activities as well as daily life, especially the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 15th National Assembly’s third session.

It is maintaining high water levels at multi-purpose hydropower plants in the north, operating thermal power plants in the region, and importing about 540MW of electricity in May.

Its subsidiaries were also requested to ensure power supply in the dry season, ready manpower and equipment for any possible incidents due to natural disasters, and recommend people, agencies and factories use electricity in a safe and economical manner.

In April, the entire EVN system produced 22.62 billion kWh of electricity, up 1.9 per cent year-on-year. That added up to a four-month figure of 85.65 billion kWh, increasing 6.2 per cent. —


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Deputy Finance Minister Nguyễn Đức Chi takes charge of the State Securities Commission



Deputy Finance Minister Nguyễn Đức Chi. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Finance Hồ Đức Phớc had assigned Deputy Finance Minister Nguyễn Đức Chi to take charge of the State Securities Commission (SSC) from May 19.

In a dispatch to the SSC, Minister Phớc stated that Deputy Minister Chi will manage the commission during the consideration and completion of personnel for the commission.

Earlier on May 18, the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission announced the inspection conclusions and Party disciplinary measures on the SSC Party Committee in the 2015-20 tenure and relevant individuals. Right after that, the Ministry of Finance directed the SSC, stock exchanges, the Việt Nam Securities Depository and relevant agencies to review and implement measures to remedy the violations and shortcomings.

Specifically, the ministry dismissed Trần Văn Dũng from the position of the Chairman of the SSC, while giving a warning to Vũ Bằng, former secretary of the SSC Party Committee in the 2015-20 tenure and former SSC Chairman.

Warnings were given to Nguyễn Thành Long, secretary of the Hà Nội Stock Exchange Party Committee; and Nguyễn Sơn, chairman of the management board of the Việt Nam Securities Depository for their wrongdoings during their tenures. —


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