Vietnam may step up pace of equitization, gov't leader says

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Vietnam's program of selling stakes in state-owned companies may be accelerated as the global economy recovers, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said.

The so-called equitization program has been slow as the government didn't want to sell shares at low prices and on low demand, Hung said at the National Assembly in Hanoi Saturday.

The Southeast Asian country has been selling shares in state-owned companies since the early 1990s.

The sales "may need to play a greater role" as the government seeks funds for infrastructure projects, the International Monetary Fund said in May.

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