Vietnam's growth climbs, resisting global downturn

Vietnam's economic growth picked up in the 3rd quarter, boosted by a rally in exports as the country slowly emerges from a virus-induced slowdown.

Vietnam has long been one of Asia's fastest growing economies, and it is heavily reliant on exports, particularly after reaping the benefits of a trade spat between Washington and Beijing over the past two years.

With much of the world economy effectively shut down for long periods in the 1st and 2nd quarter, gross domestic product expanded just 0.36% on-year in April-May, though that was better than most countries which suffered painful contractions.

But the General Statistics Office (GSO) said on Tuesday, September 29, the economy grew 2.62% in July-September.

The figure was helped by a surge in exports, which were up 34% from the previous quarter, and 11% up on-year.

However, the growth reading was still the slowest for a 3rd quarter in nearly a decade.

"In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which seriously affects all socioeconomic aspects of countries across the world, this is a great success for our country in disease prevention, economic recovery, and development," the GSO added in a statement. 

The World Bank in July predicted the economy would grow 2.8% in 2020, compared with expectations of a contraction in most countries around the world. However that falls significantly short of the 6.8% target set by the government before the pandemic.

Vietnam has recorded just 1,077 coronavirus cases and 35 deaths, with no community transmissions in nearly a month. – Rappler.com