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ECONOMYBANKING & FINANCE

The World Bank to support Vietnam improving economic prospects

Updated at Thursday, 28 Sep 2017, 18:30
The Hanoitimes - The World Bank Group is supporting Vietnam to make further progress in resolving non-performing loans (NPLs), strengthening the banking sector to ensure efficient and effective allocation of capital for economic growth and job creation.
At the international workshop to discuss solution to tackle NPLs and improve economic prospects in Vietnam on September 26, while being recognized one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, the World Bank evaluated the Vietnamese’s banking system is focusing on dealing with NPLs in recent years. 
 
Government is dealing with non performing loans in banks.
Government is dealing with non performing loans in banks.
As such, the implementation of the proposal “Restructuring the system of credit institutions for the period 2011-2015” issued under the Prime Minister's Decision No. 254 /QD-TTg dated March 01, 2012, including the establishment of the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) in 2013 to acquire NPLs, and subsequent legal and regulatory amendments to banking restructuring signal Vietnam’s determination to tackle NPLs and stabilize the financial sector. While NPL resolution has made positive progress, outstanding and potential NPL volumes remain high, imposing risks on financial institutions’ safety and efficiency. Moreover, the regulatory framework on resolution of NPLs and secured collateral remains ineffective.

General Director of VAMC Doan Van Thang said, in recent 4 years, in order to control the rate of NPL to under 3%, VAMC has purchased a large amount of NPL. Specifically, as of August 31, 2017, VAMC has purchased 26,110 NPLs from 16,197 customers with value of more than 266 trillion VND. In particular, in 2015, VAMC has purchased a record high number of NPL with more than 100 trillion VND. Recently, VAMC has acquired the guaranteed assets of the Saigon One Tower under the ownership of Saigon On Tower to deal with NPL.

“Banking sector reforms is fundamentally important for Vietnam to ensure the system’s capacity to serve the economy,” said Dr. Jennifer Isern, WBG’s Finance and Markets Practice Manager for East Asia and the Pacific. “We are committed to working with Vietnam on solutions suitable with the country conditions, especially with regards to regulatory and supervisory frameworks, sound legal environments and judicial systems, and efficient NPL markets.”

With support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the World Bank Group (WBG) together with the State Bank of Vietnam took another important step towards bad debt resolution today with an international workshop in Hanoi. About 150 Vietnamese policy-makers and international as well as domestic experts, including private sector representatives, gathered to exchange cross-country experiences on the recognition, management and resolution of NPLs.

In particular, the one-day workshop focused on the recently approved Resolution 42, which aims to improve the regulatory framework on NPLs and secured collateral resolution as well as develop the NPL market by addressing the issues of eligible debt buyers and land titles. Policy-makers also learnt about European, Indian and Malaysian experiences in resolving NPLs and how such lessons, in relation to governance and risk management, could be replicated in Vietnam. Private sector perspectives on several SBV initiatives to diversify NPL disposal options through the development of markets for distressed assets, including sales of NPLs to investors were also examined.

“With experience in advising governments to resolve bad debts in emerging markets, we are working with stakeholders here in Vietnam on several different levels to address this issue,” said Dr. Jennifer Isern, WBG’s Finance and Markets Practice Manager for East Asia and the Pacific. “Successful management of NPLs in Vietnam is essential while remaining vigilant to NPL flows, strengthening lending practices and financial sector oversight to prevent an accumulation of NPLs.”

About World Bank Group Finance and Markets Practice: The World Bank Group’s Finance & Markets Global Practice helps countries build inclusive and efficient financial systems essential to promoting economic growth, reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity. As a joint practice with IFC, it brings together unparalleled knowledge, finance and convening services at industry and public sector levels into a single suite of development solutions. Today, this suite of financial solutions exceeds $10 billion in current and pipeline engagement commitments, with an ongoing portfolio of 400 knowledge activities (up to $73 million) and 98 IFC advisory services (valued at $136 million).
Nguyen Tung
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