Update news inflation
The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has taken a daring move by slashing interest rates amid an upward trend in the world. If inflation remains low, Vietnam’s interest rates will be lower than those in developed economies.
Between the beginning of the year and mid-February Vietnam’s exports decreased by 9.2% to US$37 billion against the same period from last year due to rising inflation in major markets globally.
The demand-pull and cost-push inflation will put pressure on the country's efforts to control inflation amid surging demand and strengthening of the US dollar which yields increased import prices.
Vietnam has made a go of bringing inflation under control in 2022 thanks to the government’s great efforts to rein in market prices, with praise from various international organisations.
The inflationary pressure on Vietnam in 2023 may not be high, said experts at a conference in Hanoi on January 4.
Foreign experts have appreciated Vietnam’s economic governance policies to help well control the impact of imported inflation, given increasing inflation in many countries around the world.
National Assembly deputies have asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to clarify if the basket of goods used by GSO to calculate CPI can truly reflect the impact of increased prices of goods and services.
Some friends of mine asked me the other day if they should buy USD to hoard after the forex trading band was raised by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) to 5 percent. In the black market, of course.
The State Bank of Vietnam decided to widen the USD/VND spot exchange rate band from +/-3 percent to +/-5 percent effective from October 17 continued to put pressure on the Vietnam dong to depreciate and the US dollar to appreciate.
Inflation risk is still present with high prices from all input factors, so the simultaneous use of both expansionary fiscal policy and expansionary monetary policy will create pressure on prices.