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Vietnam finmin calls for flexibility in forex policy,…

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HANOI, Sept 12 – Vietnam should be more flexible in handling its exchange rate, and is on track to cut its public debt to about 60 percent of gross domestic product by 2020, the Southeast Asian country’s finance minister said on Wednesday.

“If the dong loses value and we still prop it up, it’s not beneficial in the long term,” Dinh Tien Dung told Reuters. “It needs to be more flexible to support development and growth.”

Dung said Vietnam’s public debt is projected to fall to 60 percent of GDP by 2020, from an expected 61.3 percent this year, citing strong economic growth and debt reform. (Reporting by James Pearson and Mai Nguyen; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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