Skip to comments.Ha Noi stock exchange opens
Posted on 03/10/2005 1:55:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
HA NOI The Hanoi Securities Trading Center (HASTC), Viet Nams second stock exchange, opened yesterday in an event that leaders hope will help Viet Nams transition into a market economy.
At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the market would be critical to helping the countrys transition and its equitisation of State-owned enterprises (SOEs).
"Stock markets are indispensable for Viet Nam as the country is accelerating its integration into the global economy and privatisation of State-owned enterprises (SOEs)," said Dung.
He added that after the launching of the first stock market in HCM City four years ago, the Government realised that the market offered Viet Nam an effective way to raise capital.
Also addressing the ceremony, Finance Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said the markets could reduce the countrys dependence on credit and official development assistance funds, and can mobilise more capital from domestic and foreign individual investors and institutes.
State Securities Commission Chairman Tran Xuan Ha said the HASTC, along with the HCM City Securities Trading Center, will organise equity auctions for equitised SOEs in addition to tendering various types of bonds and financial assets.
Ha said the HASTC will also organise secondary markets for unlisted securities, saying that the securities not yet qualified to join the market could register for trading at the HASTC with simpler requirements and procedures.
In contrast to the HCM stock exchange, which uses the centralised auction method for trading, the HASTC will use the trade negotiation method, which is an early model of an over-the-counter (OTC) market, Ha added.
Ha said beginning in June, the Ha Noi stock market will start OTC trading operations for the stocks of unlisted firms.
For the sustainable growth of the countrys stock exchanges, Deputy PM Dung urged the Ministry of Finance and the State Securities Commission to rapidly finalise a legal framework.
Based on the experience of the HCM City stock market, Dung said the HASTC also needs to develop its commodities through the auctions of SOE stocks. Since the July 2000 opening of the stock market in HCM City, trade has developed slowly with only 27 companies listed. Trading has been limited to about US$200,000 per day since the beginning of this year.
However, Dung expected more commodities to be available on the market as the Governments goes through with its plan to select roughly 100 to 200 of the 2,400 equitised SOEs for listing on the bourse this year. He also expects the States plans to restructure more than 1,500 SOEs between now and 2008 to have a positive effect on the markets.
In an effort to boost the efficiency and transparency of the economy, the Government has required SOEs valued at more than VND10 billion ($636,000) to sell shares to the public via the stock market.
Dung also said the SSC should concentrate on training the markets staff because the exchange remains a foreign concept in Viet Nam.
On its debut yesterday, the Ha Noi stock exchange successfully auctioned 151,800 shares of the Post and Telecommunications Equipment Factory (Postef), which makes equipment for the postal and telecom industry with assets of VND205.5 billion ($13 million).
More than 150 investors registered to buy Postefs shares, which had ceiling and floor prices of VND350,000 and VND147,500, respectively, against an initial offering price of VND106,000.
HASTCs director Tran Van Dung said following the recent auctions of Vinamilk and Vifon stocks, Postefs auction considered successful as the VND163,717 average price of a share of Postef was roughly 1.5 times higher than the initial offering level.
Were Fonda and Kerry there to ring the Bell?
Hey Hey. Take heart fellow grunts, I think this means we won!
It looks like all their collectivism was "numba ten, GI".
Just think! Without fighting that misguided police action, 52,000 Americans would be alive today and Hanoi probably still would of probably succumed to market realities.
Somehow, I'm a little skeptical of any statements coming from people named 'Dung' and 'Hung'.
A stock excange is a valid state institution for those countries wishing to upgrade. How about the other institutions such as an independent central bank? They might be going for the glitter.
Ho Chi Minh must be rolling in his grave.
I remember back in 2001/2002 when the US stock market wasn't doing so well, FReeper after FReeper proclaimed that stock markets weren't necessary or important to the economy.
Modern states need various institutions. Well-run institutions. Will Uncle Ho's stock market be well-run or do those Commies know how to run a stock market? Do they know what a free market is?