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Statistics bureau to revise GDP reading

Update: August, 17/2019 - 08:19


Workers assemble a car at a factory in northern Việt Nam. It is possible that a revision of  GDP reading will see Việt Nam’s GDP and per capita GDP increased. — VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI — The General Statistic Office of Việt Nam (GSO) announced on Friday it has started a process to revise the country’s GDP calculation.

It is possible that the revision will increase Việt Nam’s GDP and per capita GDP, with the latter having an impact on household spending as Việt Nam approaches the upper-middle income level.

The bureau, however, played down the effect a revision may have on GDP targets and the country’s socio-economic development.

“The revision of GDP calculation is a regular task for any statistics office,” said GSO’s chief Nguyễn Bích Lâm. “This revision looks at all economic activities considered legal under the country’s current laws and regulations. The underground economy and illegal activities will not be included.”

Lâm said the GSO’s revision would bring Việt Nam’s GDP calculation more in line with international standards. The bureau has been working closely with experts from the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.

In addition, the rapid growth of the country’s private sector in recent years has not been adequately documented and reported by relevant agencies. With the results of a number of national surveys and censuses becoming available the GSO believes this is the right time to review the country’s GDP, which is also a norm among the international community.

According to the GSO, GDP remains one of the key figures in the Government’s evaluation of the scale and capacity of the economy, it is important that GDP calculation must be accurate, inclusive and can be compared to other countries. This is especially relevant as Việt Nam is building its 10-year-strategy for socio-economic development for 2021-31.

This is the second time the GSO has conducted a review of GDP calculation. In 2013, the bureau revised Việt Nam’s GDP for 2008-12 in which it re-evaluated economic activities of banking and finance, insurance and real estate sectors. — VNS


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