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Government debt drops by VND57 trillion when exchange rate fluctuates

Dai Le Thursday | 08/04/2022 09:24

The U.S. dollar appreciation has little impact on the Government's loan repayment obligations. Photo: D.T

Public debt is not much affected by the increase in the USD. The evolution of outstanding loans and debt repayment obligations is still under control.

According to the Ministry of Finance, based on the selling rate of the State Bank, from the beginning of the year until August 1, 2022, one USD equals VND23,400  an increase of 1.1% compared to the beginning of 2022 estimated to increase the Government debt balance in USD in VND by about VND 5 trillion (compared to the end of 2021).

One EUR equals 24,385 VND, down 9.5% compared to the beginning of 2022. It is estimated to reduce the outstanding government debt in EUR in VND by about VND17 trillion ($727 million) compared to the end of 2021.

JPY is equal to 180 VND, down 13% compared to the beginning of 2022. It is estimated that the government debt balance in JPY in VND is about VND45 trillion ($1.9 billion) compared to the end of 2021.

According to the Ministry of Finance, only taking into account the exchange rate fluctuations of 3 main currencies USD, JPY, and EUR, the government debt balance by the end of 2022 is estimated to decrease by about VND57 trillion ($2.4 billion) down 2% compared to the last outstanding balance 2021.

Currently, the volume of domestic loans from the Government accounts for 90% and foreign debts only account for about 10% of the total annual value.

As reported by the Ministry of Finance, from the beginning of the year to July 31, 2022, repayment of government debt is about VND192,122 billion ($8.2 billion) (57.2% of the plan), of which domestic debt repayment is VND148,717 billion ($6.3 billion), foreign debt payment VND43,406 billion ($1.8 billion); direct government debt repayment is about VND 175,835 billion ($7.5 billion)  (58.6% of the plan), on-lending is about VND16,287 billion ($696 million) (45.3% of the plan). The Government's direct loan repayment obligation compared with state budget revenue in the first 7 months is about 16.1%.

Source: VGP

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