Vietnam’s GDP up 5.03 percent in first quarter
Vietnam’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter of this year was estimated to increase 5.03 percent year-on-year, higher than the 4.72 percent growth rate in the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO).
Vietnam's economy in the first three months of 2022 has seen many positive changes compared to the previous year, Nguyen Thi Huong, General Director of GSO, said at a press conference to announce socio-economic statistics in the first quarter, adding that the service industry is on strong recovery and the industrial sector is developing quite well, especially manufacturing.
The agriculture-forestry-fishery sector increased 2.45 percent, contributing 5.76 percent to the overall growth of the economy. Besides, the industry and construction sector was up 8.36 percent, making up 51.08 percent, while the service sector rose by 4.58 percent, contributing 43.16 percent, she said.
The GSO pointed out that in agriculture-forestry-fishery sector, rice yield in the Mekong River Delta increased by 0.7 tonne per hectare compared to the previous year's same period. The livestock industry is gradually recovering and wood processing and export see many positive signals.
Aquaculture has developed stably, and pangasius and shrimp were sold at high prices due to strong demand.
The service sector in the first quarter prospered when many services were resumed. Contributions of some market service industries with a large proportion to the total added value are financial, banking and insurance activities; transport and warehousing; wholesale and retail sectors, lodging and catering services with 9.75 percent, 7,06 percent, 2.98 percent and 1,79 percent, respectively.
According to the GSO, in terms of economic structure, in Q1, the agriculture-forestry-fishery sector accounted for nearly 11 percent of the country’s economy; the industry-construction and service sectors made up almost 38 percent and 41.7 percent, respectively.
Regarding GDP use, final consumption expenditure increased by 4.28 percent over the same period last year; accumulated assets rose by 3.22 percent; exports of goods and services up 5.08 percent; imports of goods and services up 4.20 percent.