HCM City banks offer reliefs to 230,700 pandemic-hit borrowers: SBV official hinh anh 1Representatives from the 16 banks in HCM City on July 2 sign an agreement to postpone debt repayment plan and reduce interest rates for over 17,000 local pandemic-hit enterprises, mostly small- and medium-sized. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – As of June 29, banks in HCM City had slashed interest rates, extended debt repayment deadlines, and maintained debt classifications for businesses hurt by the COVID-19 on the total loans worth more than 384.6 trillion VND (16.53 billion USD).

About 230,700 borrowers have so far benefitted from these policies which were adopted in response to the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV)’s Circular No.1/2020-TT-NHNN on offering financial relief to pandemic-hit companies, SBV HCM City Branch Deputy Director Nguyen Hoang Minh told a conference in the city on July 2.

The event was co-organised by the SBV branch in HCM City and the municipal Department of Industry and Trade to help firms restore and expand business and production.

Interest rates have been cut for loans worth over 49.97 trillion VND of nearly 17,420 borrowers and new soft loans worth of more than 270.42 trillion VND offered to over 44,600 pandemic-hit customers, he said. Close to 168,670 borrowers have had their debt payoff plan extended.

Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen highly appreciated the local lenders’ aid for businesses since many of those are struggling to cushion with the blow from the coronavirus.

SBV Deputy Governor Dao Minh Tu vowed that the banking sector will continue working with HCM City to support firms to tackle challenges and recover from the pandemic.

The SBV will maintain a flexible monetary policy as well as stable interest rates and foreign exchanges in the coming time, he continued, urging local lenders to improve their digital platforms and services to enable their customers to save time and cut costs.

Representatives from the 16 banks in the city signed an agreement to postpone debt repayment plan and reduce interest rates for over 17,000 local enterprises, mostly small- and medium-sized, affected by the pandemic with total loans of more than 87 trillion VND.

The central bank in early March issued Circular No.1, guiding credit institutions to reschedule debt payment plans, waive or reduce lending rates and fees for loans and offer new soft loans to projects and enterprises that need further capital to maintain or resume their operations amid the social distancing period to stem the spread of the coronavirus./.