The State Bank of Vietnam has decided to keep the annual prime interest rate for VND at 8 percent.

Other interest rates remain unchanged compared to last month.

The refinancing interest rate is set at 8 percent per annum, the discount rate at 6 percent and the overnight rate in inter-bank electronic payments and the rate of loans to finance balances in clearing transactions between the State Bank and commercial banks are all 8 percent per annum.

The decision will take effect as of January 1, 2010.

In 2010, the State Bank is aiming for a credit growth rate of 25 percent, lower than this year’s 37.73 percent./.