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Teenagers with assets can open bank accounts on their own

Update: December, 18/2014 - 08:48
A Vietnamese customer does a transaction at Maritime Bank Ha Noi. Individuals aged between 15 and 18, who own separate assets, will be allowed to independently open and operate bank accounts, according to a newly released draft circular of the State Bank of Vietnam. — VNA/VNS Tran Viet
HA NOI  (VNS) — Individuals aged between 15 and 18, who own separate assets, will be allowed to independently open and operate bank accounts without seeking approval from their parents or guardians.

A draft circular on the issuance, use and payment of bank cards recently released by the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) states that these individuals may be permitted to open and manage their own accounts in commercial banks and foreign bank branches. Once approved, the circular will replace Decision No 20/2007/QD-NHNN, issued in 2007, which only allows people aged 18 and above to own bank cards.

The draft circular also proposes that individuals aged 11 to 14 may own bank cards, which will function as sub-cards of the primary cards held by their parents or guardians.

The SBV disclosed that 77.3 million bank cards were issued by 50 card-issuing organisations until the end of October. Moreover, nearly 15,900 ATMs and more than 164,000 points of sale/electronic draft capture (POS/EDC) are installed across the country. — VNS


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