Finance Minister elaborates public debts to the National Assembly

(VOVworld) – The National Assembly’s 2nd plenary meeting on Tuesday discussed financial issues, public debts, and mid-term public investment for the 2016-2020 period.

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Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung (Source: VNA)

Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung explained why public debts increased sharply from 2011 to 2015: “First, economic growth was less than expected. Second, the tax rate fell below 22.2% for the year. Third, the restructuring of public investment, commercial banks, state-owned enterprises, and agriculture did not reach the set targets. During the reviewed period, Vietnam planned to reduce tax collection to boost production and oil prices decreased. Meanwhile, the government maintained expenditures, including for social security, poverty reduction, and salary increases. Government bonds were issued during this period.”

Minister Dung made recommendations: “We need to continue to fine tune the law on public debt and budget management. The Ministry of Finance will send a bill on public debt management to the government before submitting it to the National Assembly for revision.  We’ll review our public debt strategy and tax policies in line with the state budget restructuring project to ensure public debt safety. We’ll adjust domestic and international public debts and the terms and interest of public debts.”

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