Fitch: Vietnam Must Tread Carefully to Win Investment Grade

Rating company expects central bank to tighten in near term

Economic growth accelerated to 7.4% in first quarter

Vietnam mustn’t sacrifice stability for high-speed growth if it’s to become an investment-grade economy, warned Fitch Ratings.

The rating company wants evidence that macroeconomic stability is more entrenched before considering further upgrades for Vietnam, said Stephen Schwartz, head of sovereign ratings in Asia Pacific for Fitch, which last month lifted the nation’s credit score to BB. Fitch is also monitoring efforts to address the economy’s structural weaknesses, including the reform of state-owned enterprises and management of non-performing loans.

Full article at: Bloomberg