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Harambe: Bloomberg: Vietnam Government Aims for 2021 Economic Growth of 6.5%

(12/28/20)

Bloomberg: Vietnam Government Aims for 2021 Economic Growth of 6.5%

Vietnam is looking to raise its economic growth target for 2021 by 0.5 percentage point to 6.5 per cent, although the coronavirus pandemic and adverse weather are potential obstacles, its prime minister said on Monday.

Vietnam’s economic growth slowed to 2.91 per cent this year, its lowest level in at least 30 years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and a sluggish global economy. That rate was still among the world’s fastest.

“I can say 2020 is the most successful year of Vietnam in the five-year term. Our country is now better than ever,” Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said, referring to Vietnam’s economic performance in 2020.

“We previously targeted a growth of 6.0 per cent for next year.

Although there remain several obstacles, the government aims to expand the economy 0.5 percentage point higher,” Mr Phuc said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-28/vietnam-government-aims-for-2021-economic-growth-of-6-5

Tishwash:  Demonstrations in Baghdad demanding the dismissal of the governor of the Central Bank

Hundreds of citizens demonstrated, on Monday, to demand the dismissal of the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Makhaif, accusing him of stealing for the benefit of corruption whales.

The / Al-Malouma correspondent said that hundreds of citizens, merchants and shopkeepers demonstrated in Rasheed Street in front of the headquarters of the Central Bank of Iraq to denounce the policies of the bank’s governor after raising the price of the dollar.

He added that the demonstrators demanded the government to resign, terrifying that his policy would only destroy the poor citizen and serve corruption whales.

The correspondent indicated that riot police deployed at the demonstration site and prevented the demonstrators from reaching the gate of the Central Bank of Iraq.   link