Compared with the same period last year, the credit surged 17.59%.
Given this increase, experts expect the banking industry to meet the 18% credit growth target this year.
General director of Vietinbank Le Duc Tho said that lending growth in his bank, targeted at 18% this year by the central bank, has been good so far, reaching 6% by the end of May. Lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was the best.
Many new SMEs have been set up and the economy has improved, helping boost the firms’ capital needs, he said.
Thọ believes Vietinbank could meet the lending quota set by the central bank as it often rises sharply in Q3 and Q4. However, Thọ said, depending on market demands, the bank could adjust the target after making a proposal to the central bank.
Tran Van Tan, head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Credit Division, said the credit growth was made possible by the robust health of SMEs and their access to credit.
While still requiring commercial banks to support businesses, the central bank has recently directed that monetary policies give top priority to ensuring the safety of the banking system and controlling inflation.
"Credit institutions must balance their capital mobilisation sources and lending to ensure liquidity. Credit growth rates must be controlled in accordance with capital mobilisation and lending quotas allocated by the central bank to ensure safe credit growth and to help businesses with easier access to credit," according to the central bank.
The central bank also asked commercial banks to be more careful with lending to industries that have witnessed high growth and high potential risks, such as real estate, Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and Build-Transfer (BT) projects.
Banks required to report month interest rates
State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has ordered credit institutions and branches of foreign banks to report their lending, capital mobilisation and interest rates in Vietnamese dong every month going forward.
The reports must be submitted to the central bank’s Monetary Policy Department on the 20th of every month, starting from June and lasting until the end of this year.
The move is aimed at cutting lending rates to support domestic businesses and production.
Many banks, such as ACB, Sacombank, VP Bank and Eximbank, have also lowered their deposit rates by roughly 0.1-0.2% per year for the first time this year since the end of May.
This deposit interest rate reduction is expected to help banks further cut lending rates.
State Bank of Vietnam Governor Le Minh Hung recently pledged that the banking system would try to cut the lending rate by roughly 1% this year.
The central bank also affirmed it would regulate the inter-bank rates in accordance with the market interest rate.