|Remittance to HCM City reached US$1.12 billion in Q1 2018. - Photo VNA|
HÀ NỘI — Remittance to HCM City in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 4.5 per cent against the same period last year to reach US$1.12 billion, a central bank official said.
According to Nguyễn Hoàng Minh, deputy director of State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV)’s HCM City branch, most of the remittance is invested in production and business instead of being poured into real estate, securities or savings as previously.
Roughly half of the remittance to the city came from the United States, Canada and Australia, he said.
The remittance to HCM City has been rising in recent years, Minh said, predicting that the capital source to the city will continue to be positive this year.
HCM City remained the largest recipient of remittances in Việt Nam last year, with an inflow of $5.2 billion, a 4.5 per cent year-on-year increase.
Last year’s remittance hike was a contrast to many predictions that the remittance to Việt Nam would reduce due to US immigration and interest rate policies as well as Việt Nam’s zero per cent dollar deposit interest rate.
Nguyễn Ngọc Cảnh, director of SBV’s Foreign Exchange Management Department, said although the central bank had set the ceiling of dollar deposit interest rate at zero per cent, overseas remittances to Việt Nam continued to remain stable.
The overseas remittances to Việt Nam are not affected by the interest rate gap between the dollar deposit interest rates in the country and the rest of the world, or SBV’s foreign exchange policy, Cảnh said.
According to analysts, Việt Nam’s rapid economic growth and improved business environment have enhanced investor confidence and attracted remittances into the country. — VNS