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Việt Nam to grant FLEGT licence to wood exports in 2025

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Wood products to be exported to the EU. — VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is set to grant a licence under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement/FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme to wood exports in 2025, after it completes preparing necessary conditions, reported a Government official familiar with the sector.

Bùi Chính Nghĩa, deputy general director of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, reported the new developments at a June 17 workshop held by the administration, the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association, and the Association of Handicraft and Wood Industry of HCM City (HAWA).

He pointed out that despite an annual double-digit growth rate, the country’s wood industry is still facing numerous challenges in 2022.

Apart from the pandemic, escalating political tensions have caused more challenges to supply chains, soaring logistics costs and material prices have resulted in higher input costs. Inflation in key export markets has led to a decrease in orders. In particular, accusations of material origin fraud also threaten industry development.

To cope with these challenges, he urged domestic businesses to adhere to international market regulations, enhance their capacity, and improve competitiveness so as to maintain their foothold in wooden furniture exports.

Echoing the view, HAWA Deputy Chairman Nguyễn Chánh Phương said the compliance with regulations on sustainable forestry development is vital to the wood industry of not only Việt Nam but also global markets.

At the workshop, the association launched HAWA DDS, a platform for proving and tracing wood origins.

Phương noted that HAWA DDS, with support from the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme since May 2018, aims to remove obstacles in the wood origin validation process. This is a necessary step to prepare Vietnamese timber and wood products to access international markets, especially the EU.

By applying HAWA DDS, users from forest owners, processors to traders can search for information and prove material origins easily independent of manual procedures, he added. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1252720/viet-nam-to-grant-flegt-licence-to-wood-exports-in-2025.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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