11/01/2018 | 10:42:31

G-bonds worth over 7 billion USD issued in 2017

G-bonds in 2017 had an average interest rate of some 6.07 percent per year, down 0.2 percentage points against 2016. (Photo: thoibaotaichinh.vn)

G-bonds worth 159.9 trillion VND (7.04 billion USD) and having an average maturity of 13.52 years, up 4.81 years against 2016, were issued last year, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The bonds had an average interest rate of some 6.07 percent per year, down 0.2 percentage points against 2016.

The National Financial Supervisory Commission forecast that the G-bond market in 2018 would see modest change thanks to the economic growth of more than 6.7 percent and inflation of below 4 percent.

The value of G-bonds issued in 2018 is estimated at some 180 trillion VND, with the focus being on long term maturity and keeping the interest rate at low levels.

The Government in 2017 approved the roadmap for the development of the bond market from 2017 to 2020 with a vision for 2030, in which the the outstanding debt in Vietnam’s bond market is targeted at 45 percent  of the total GDP in 2020 and some 65 percent  of the GDP in 2030.

Under the plan, the outstanding debt of the Government bond, Government-guaranteed bond and municipal bond market is aimed at some 38 percent of the total GDP in 2020 and 45 percent in 2030. The corporate bond market’s outstanding debt is expected to reach some 7 percent of the GDP in 2020.

The roadmap aims for stable development, larger size and better quality of Vietnam’s bond market, which should have more diverse products, proactively integrate into the global market, and gradually operate, in line with international standards and practices.

For this, Vietnam is set to complete its policy framework for the bond market, develop the primary and secondary markets, diversify investors, and facilitate intermediary institutions and market services.-VNA

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