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ADB predicts VN’s economy to expand rapidly

VNGOP – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that Việt Nam’s economy will continue to expand rapidly.

09/18/2007 07:15

In the Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update (ADO Update), which was released in Hà Nội on September 17, the bank said that the Southeast Asian nation’s growth accelerated in the January-June period at 7.9 percent, which is a half percentage point faster than a year ago.

ADB Deputy Country Director to Việt Nam, Dr. Omkar Shrestha, said that Việt Nam’s economic growth for all 2007 is forecast to reach 8.3 percent, unchanged from the ADO 2007 projection, which was released in March of this year.

According to the ADB, nearly all the economic expansion in Việt Nam came from industry and services, and the dynamism of private sector is noted with expansion of 20.5 percent, more than double the pace of state enterprises.

The bank also said assuming that Việt Nam’s WTO accession will help further integrate the economy into global business networks, encourage foreign direct investment and maintain the momentum for domestic reforms, Việt Nam’s economic expansion is expected to accelerate to 8.5 percent in 2008.

Regarding the country’s inflation, the bank said the inflation rate has shown upward tendency, with 8.3 percent in 2005, 7.5 percent in 2006 and 7.3 percent in August 2007. The bank said that the inflation rate is a concern but not alarming. The inflation level is expected to be contained at 7.8 percent for 2007 and is expected to be reduced further to 6.8 percent in 2008.

According to ADB Country Director to Việt Nam Ayumi Konishi, the situation is considered to be under control, although the relatively high level of inflation calls for the Vietnamese Government’s close attention.

“What is most important for Việt Nam continues to be the acceleration of reforms and faster implementation of development projects through simplification of procedures,” he said.