Finance ministry plans to issue VND200 trillion worth of Government bonds

Thursday, 2018-12-20 21:37:40
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In 2019, the State Treasury will focus on fixed rate bonds and long/short coupon bonds.
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NDO/VNA - The Ministry of Finance aims to issue VND200 trillion (US$8.78 billion) worth of Government bonds and develop green Government bonds in 2019.

The goals were set by the finance ministry during a meeting last week held by the Hanoi Stock Exchange on the status of the Vietnamese bond market in the final quarter of 2018.

According to the ministry, the infrastructure of the secondary bond market is set to be improved to raise the quality of bond trading. Other goals include the publication of issuance dates by quarter for the whole year and the improvement in quality of bond market developers.

In 2019, the State Treasury will focus on fixed rate bonds and long/short coupon bonds and will consider re-issuing the bonds, which had been issued and matured in previous years, to raise the number of bond codes and to reduce the amount of small-valued bonds. It will also buy back Government bonds with maturity of less than three months.

The Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) will aim to develop a trading platform to buyback and convert bonds, and offer supportive tools for market developers.

According to the HNX, as of November 30, total value of Government bonds raised on the northern trading bourse hit VND147 trillion (US$6.45 billion), down 24.3% year on year. The figure was equal to half of the full-year target.

Of the figure, the State Treasury raised VND137.3 trillion worth of G-bonds, down 19% year on year and fulfilling 78.4% of its full-year target. Insurance companies topped the market by market share as their purchases accounted for 66.4% of the market’s total.

The total value of the secondary bond market was nearly VND1.1 quadrillion (US$48.3 billion), up 8.2% year on year and equal to 20% of last year’s gross domestic product.

Daily average trading value reached US$8.78 trillion in the past 11 months, down 3.3% year on year. The value of repurchase agreement transactions accounted for 53.7% of the market’s total, up 4.5% year on year.