Banking sector to cash in on benefits from EVFTA

The Vietnamese banking sector, now undergoing drastic restructuring, will have more opportunities to improve its financial capacity as well as learn modern business models and management from their European partners after the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) takes effect, according to insiders.

The sector will become more attractive to European investors than ever before as Vietnam has pledged to allow them to hold up to 49 percent of charter capital at two Vietnamese banks. The maximum rate of foreign ownership is now capped at only 30 percent.

The offer will be applicable to only joint stock banks, excluding BIDV, Vietinbank, Vietcombank and Agribank, in five years./.