Vincom Center Landmark 81 in HCM City. (Photo: vneconomy.vn) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – One year after failing to enter the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI)’s watchlist for a market status upgrade, it is still uncertain if Vietnam will make it this year despite efforts made to improve market conditions. In June 2018, the MSCI rejected Vietnam’s inclusion on its watchlist for a market status upgrade from “frontier market” to “emerging”. Instead, the MSCI raised the status of Argentina from a frontier market to an emerging one and put Kuwait in the watchlist for the next upgrade. Argentina and Kuwait were on the MSCI Frontier Markets Index before the review last year. The Vietnamese Government considers the MSCI’s watchlist as a top-priority target this year as it could lure a huge amount of foreign capital to the Vietnamese economy. “We really hope MSCI will include Vietnam in its watchlist this year. We have been making the best efforts to improve the legal framework, introduce new securities products and make the market more professional,” Nguyen Thi Bich Nga, Deputy Director of the State Securities Commission’s International Co-operation Department, told local media. According to experts, Vietnam has met more standards of an emerging market… Read full this story
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