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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.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1194077/upgrading-the-market-for-the-sake-of-all-participants.html

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Vietnam’s 2022 economic growth projected at 7%

Vietnam’s GDP is likely to expand by around 7 percent in 2022, much higher than 2.58 percent growth of 2021.

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Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung made the above statement at the Cabinet meeting in Hanoi on July 4.

With this scenario, the economy needs to expand 9 percent in the third quarter and 6.3 percent in the last quarter this year, the minister said.

In the first half, the Southeast Asian country’s GDP accelerated to 6.42 percent growth compared to the optimistic scenario of 5,1-5,7 percent as figured out in the Government’s Resolution No. 01/NQ-CP, dated January 01, 2021 on major tasks and solutions for implementation of socio – economic development plan and state budget estimate for 2022. 

Especially, the GDP grew 7.72 percent in the second quarter, which is the fastest growth pace for April-June period since 2011.

Earlier, the World Bank predicted Vietnam’s 2022 GDP growth at 5.5 percent if the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled.

The projection is lower than the Vietnamese Government’s predictions at 6.5-7 percent, HSBC at 6.5 percent and Standard Chartered at 6.7 percent.

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/economy/vietnams-2022-economic-growth-projected-at-7-3346528/

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Dragon Capital buys 2.1 million shares of Sacombank

Asset management company Dragon Capital has bought 2.1 million shares of HCMC-based Sacombank, increasing its stake in the bank to 6.09 percent.

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On June 29, two affiliated funds, CTBC Vietnam Equity Fund and Norges Bank, bought 2.3 million shares of the lender while a third, Samsung Vietnam Securities Master Investment Trust, sold 200,000 shares.

The value of the deal is estimated at VND47.5 billion (US$2.03 million) based on the share’s closing price last Wednesday.

Funds under Dragon Capital own 114.8 million shares or a 6.09 percent stake in the bank.

In March, Dragon Capital had raised its stake from 4.98 percent to 5.05 percent, after its largest fund, Vietnam Enterprise Investment Limited, bought 1.25 million shares.

Source: VnExpress

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/companies/dragon-capital-buys-21-million-shares-of-sacombank-3346515/

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Vietnam targets 7% GDP growth this year: minister

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HANOI — Vietnam is aiming for economic growth of 7% this year, the country’s planning and investment minister said on Monday, higher than an official target of 6.0%-6.5% set previously.

To achieve this, year-on-year economic growth in the third quarter needs to be 9.0% and in the fourth quarter 6.3%, minister Nguyen Chi Dung also said during a government meeting.

Dung said Vietnam’s budget was in surplus, giving scope for fiscal policy to be used to support businesses and residents.

“Credit institutions will need to further cut their lending interest rates to reduce input cost pressure for businesses and for the economy,” he said.

Vietnam, a regional manufacturing hub, started lifting its coronavirus curbs late last year, allowing factories to resume full operations.

The economy is recovering after growing only 2.58% last year, the slowest pace in decades.

The Southeast Asian country reported GDP growth of 7.72% in the second quarter, backed by strong export growth, but warned of upward inflation pressure for the rest of the year. 

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20220704/vietnam-targets-7-gdp-growth-this-year-minister/67932.html

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