Vietnam's economy set to grow 6.7% in 2021, says Standard Chartered

A vendor selling plastic face shields walks past an alley in Hanoi on June 3, 2021. - AFP

HO CHI MINH CITY, June 4 (Bernama): Standard Chartered announced on June 1 its forecast that Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth would be 6.7 per cent this year and 7.3 per cent in 2022, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Tim Leelahaphan, the bank’s economist for Vietnam and Thailand, said Vietnam’s economy remains strong and the country is proving to be one of the world’s best performing economies amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, he added, like many other countries, Vietnam is feeling the impact of the domestic Covid-19 situation, which is inevitable.

Vietnam began its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on March 8, with about 1 million people, mostly frontline health workers, receiving jabs so far. Expanding the campaign is a key condition for reopening tourism and promoting sustainable economic recovery, he said.

Other Standard Chartered specialists pointed out that the country’s trade figures have remained positive since last year.

In particular, mobile phones and accessories have accounted for some 16 per cent of total overseas shipments and electronic devices, computers, and spare parts about 15 per cent.

Vietnam also posted a trade surplus of US$1.3 billion in the first four months of 2021.

Rapid economic growth may boost inflation, the specialists noted, adding that rising world food prices are also affecting domestic inflation.

They forecast inflation in Vietnam at 3.8 per cent this year. - Bernama

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