Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Nguyen Thi Hong says the lack of a legal framework for peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has caused many problems. Ministries plan to issue legal documents on the issue soon.
The days before Tet are the time when usurers try to collect debts. They use every possible method to force debtors to make payments, including the “laws” of the “underworld”.
Business managers are receiving calls asking them to pay their debts from black credit sources. But the debts were personal loans taken out by their employees.
Many banks made a high profit in 2021 thanks to high lending interest rates. However, they have been warned of ‘making a rod for their own back’.
With exorbitant interest rates and gangster-style debt chasing, black credit has become a burning issue. The police have also warned that Vietnam may become a destination for foreign usurers.
Seventy-one percent of businesses anticipate revenue decreases in 2021, higher than the 65 percent figure in 2020, according to a survey.
Scammers are impersonating officers of online lending apps, promising loans at low interest rates in order to appropriate money from people.
Many businesspeople have complained that they have had to sell cars and fixed assets to maintain operations. Some have even sought capital from black credit sources with exorbitant interest rates.
Some people who have not earned enough money because of Covid-19 and have had to borrow money have fallen into traps set by usurers.
Experts have repeatedly rung the alarm bell over black credit, which is causing serious consequences to families and society.
As of March, more than 6.4 million poor and near-poor households had won access to loans from the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP).
The poor, who lack financial information and knowledge, are often hurt by black credit. But many businesspeople have also become victims.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has warned about the increasing use of foreign peer-to-peer (P2P) lending in Vietnam with potential risks of black credit.
The Central bank has lowered its interest rate cap three times by a combined of 1.5-2 percentage points per annum, which is the largest cut in the region.
Since black credit is creeping into every corner of society, commercial banks also need to reach out to every village to combat it and scramble for clients.