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The banking sector assists borrowers affected by drought and saltwater intrusion

23/03/2020

The State Bank of Vietnam request banks to grasp the situation of production and business, the extent of the damage and losses caused by droughts and saltwater intrusion to borrowers in the Mekong Delta to provide support measures.

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has just issued an official document on supporting customers affected by drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta region.

Drought and saltwater intrusion lasting from December 2019 to the present have affected the production and business activities and life of people in many provinces in the Mekong Delta region.

In order to provide support to people and businesses to overcome difficulties, restore and stabilize production and business in a timely manner, the State Bank of Vietnam requests credit institutions to arrange capital sources to fully meet capital needs for production and business under the direction of the Government.

Units need to pay attention to providing finance for projects for sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region to adapt to climate change, especially projects for the restructuring of agricultural production towards sustainability; projects for storing water, salinity control, storing fresh water, urban and rural water supply.

Units to direct branches and transaction offices to proactively grasp the situation of production and business, the extent of the damage and losses caused by droughts and saltwater intrusion to borrowers in the Mekong Delta to promptly apply measures to support and remove difficulties for customers in accordance with current regulations on credit policies for agricultural and rural development and other relevant law provisions. 

As for the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, priority should be given to ensuring the capital source for lending under policy credit programs for poor households and other policy beneficiaries as prescribed in the Mekong Delta; actively coordinate with stakeholders in the implementation of clean water and rural sanitation projects to accelerate disbursement in accordance with the construction progress, quickly put these constructions into use, especially in areas affected by drought, saline intrusion.

Direct branches and transaction offices to coordinate with the relevant units to review, determine the level of loan losses due to drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta provinces to take timely measures.

As for the State Bank branches in 13 provinces and cities directly under the Central Authority in the Mekong Delta region, closely monitor the situation of production and business, monitor the developments and impact of drought and saltwater intrusion in the region to direct the credit institutions to promptly implement measures to support and remove difficulties for customers as prescribed.

Coordinate with local departments, branches in the locality to advise the People's Committees of provinces and cities in implementing measures to remove difficulties for people and businesses affected by drought and saltwater intrusion in accordance with current regulations on credit policies for agricultural and rural development and other relevant laws.

In the event of difficulties or problems arising beyond the authority, the State Bank branches in provinces and cities to report to the People's Committee of the province, city and the State Bank of Vietnam for consideration and solution.
 

Kylie Nguyen

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