SBV to submit restructuring project to PM

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 10:06

Transaction is carried out at a local bank. A project to restructure credit institutions between now and 2020 is expected to be submitted to the Prime Minister soon. — Photo

HA NOI — The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) expects to submit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc a project to restructure credit institutions between 2016 and 2020 in Q3 of 2016.

Deputy Chief Inspector of the SBV's Inspection and Supervision Agency Nguyen Van Hung told Dau tu Chung khoan (Securities Investment) newspaper that the project would closely resolve non-performing loans (NPLs) in a move to sustain the NPL ratio under 3 per cent.

Hung said that preventive measures would be taken to minimise new NPLs and enhance the credit quality of credit institutions.

Under the project, the central bank will also continuously take drastic measures to thoroughly restructure and resolve ailing credit institutions.

Supervisory measures and support policies on commercial banks, which the central bank acquired, would also be mentioned in the project, according to Hung.

The new restructuring project is aimed to continuously enhance the country's banking system, which has been improved significantly thanks to a strong restructuring scheme from 2011 to 2015.

In 2011, the banking system was unsafe with many credit institutions suffering poor liquidity, weak governance and accelerating NPLs. The foreign exchange market was also very volatile while the government's foreign exchange reserves remained low.

To remove these shortcomings, the banking system had undergone strong restructuring between 2011 and 2015, which helped it register major achievements.

Under the scheme, the number of commercial banks was cut from 42 to 34. Besides restructuring 10 banks through mergers, the central bank dealt with three ailing banks – Ocean Bank, Viet Nam Construction Bank (VNCB) and Global Petroleum Bank (GPBank) – by acquiring them at zero dong. — VNS

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