Lending of the banking sector as of November 22 had expanded by around 14 percent against December last year, with VND loans rising 15.3 per cent and foreign currency loans increasing 2.8 percent (Photo: taichinh115.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Lending of the banking sector as of November 22 expanded by around 14 percent against December last year, with VND loans rising 15.3 percent and foreign currency loans increasing 2.8 percent, State Bank of Vietnam Deputy Governor Dao Minh Tu reported.

At a regular Government meeting on November 29, Tu said that a credit growth rate of 17-18 percent this year is reasonable and attainable as lending usually rises sharply during the final months of the year.

He also affirmed that the central bank will regulate credit growth to meet the Government’s growth and inflation control targets. It would also focus on lending quality to minimise the risk of non-performing loans (NPLs).

Earlier this year, the central bank targeted an annual credit growth of between 18 and 20 percent, up from 17.26 percent in 2015. However, it affirmed that the credit growth rate might be adjusted based on the actual situation, as it happened last year.

In 2015, the central bank first targeted a credit growth rate of 13 percent, then adjusted it to between 15 and 18 percent to meet rising capital demand.

Vietnam’s economy was originally expected to grow 6.7 percent this year, compared to 6.68 percent in 2015.

However, adverse weather conditions and the en masse fish deaths along the central coast have forced the Government to revise the 2016 target down to between 6.2 and 6.5 percent.

The central bank will direct lending capital to flow mainly into the five prioritised sectors of agriculture, exports, spare-parts industries, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and hi-tech firms besides startups, Tu said.-VNA