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2019 Aug 15
Vietnam has perfect environment to develop cashless payment

There are various factors to believe that Vietnam has perfect environment for cashless payment to develop.
The first factor is the enthusiastic support from the Government as they signed a new policy to encourage cash-free transaction and reduce cash-based deals in the country to less than 10 percent of total market transactions by 2020. In keeping with the plan, at least 70% of water, electronics, and telecommunication service providers will be asked to accept cash-free payments from individuals and households. According to World Bank, in 2017, Vietnam has the lowest bank account ratio among ASEAN with 30.8% of the population aged 15 and above, this means cash still dominates as a payment option because it’s compulsory to own bank accounts to use the cashless payment methods in Vietnam. However, the Government expected this index will increase at least to 70% by the end of 2020. Besides, the end of the 1st quarter of 2019, there are 158 million bank cards issued, increased 16% compared with the 1st quarter of 2018 and more than twice the current population age 15 and up. From 2017 to 2018, transactions made through ATM grew 112% in volume terms to 879 million transactions while transactions via POS accelerated 138% to 208 million transactions.

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