The central bank will not issue new banknotes of denominations lower than 5,000 VND. (Photo: baomoi.com)

Hanoi (VNA) - The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) expects to save around 400 billion VND (17.7 million USD) by not issuing new small-value banknotes during the Tet holidays.

The central bank will not issue new banknotes of denominations lower than 5,000 VND, SBV Deputy Governor Dao Minh Tu said.

This will add to the total savings of 1.9 trillion VND since 2013 when the bank decided to not issue new low-value currency during the traditional holiday.

People are in the habit of exchanging money for new small-value banknotes, which are offered during worship at pagodas and temples.

Tu said the decision protected the image of the Vietnamese currency, raised people’s awareness and helped the bank cut costs.

This policy has good local support. Pham Van Phuc, a former worker from Hanoi, said saving 1.9 trillion VND is no small thing, and that a lot can be done with that amount to help society. “With this amount, many children in rural areas can go to school instead of missing class to earn a living. It is worth it,” Phuc said. “Each person needs to understand that while worship is a culturally beautiful thing, it will be more beautiful if we are conscious of our behaviour.”

To have small value notes to worship at pagodas and temples, people will have to change their money for small-value notes but receive a lesser amount.-VNA