ADB President hails Gov’t timely actions against COVID-19
18:16 | 24/03/2020
VGP - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is ready to provide Viet Nam with timely and flexible support for the Government’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The Asian Development Bank stands ready to provide financial assistance and policy advice to help the Government of Viet Nam contain the spread of COVID-19,” said ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa.

Asakawa said the bank would consider all options, including quick-disbursing budget support, policy-based lending, and expedited disbursement of existing loans, to ensure any support package can be approved quickly and disbursed in a timely manner.

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He discussed options for ADB support in detail with Viet Nam’s Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung on March 20 and Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam Le Minh Hung on Tuesday.

Asakawa commended the Vietnamese Government on its timely and effective actions to combat the pandemic.

He also welcomed the Government’s focus on maintaining economic stability and growth in the medium and long-term, including through expanding public investment expenditure and strengthening social safety nets for poor and vulnerable households.

Last week, ADB announced a US$6.5 billion initial package to address the immediate needs of its developing member countries as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asakawa said ADB will provide additional support as needed./.

By Ngoc Van

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