Binh was quoted by Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) newspaper as saying the central bank had previously slashed deposit interest rates according to the level of inflation in the country.
This year, it is expected that inflation will be brought down to below 10 percent. If it reaches 8 or 8.5 percent, the deposit interest rate will be brought down to 9 or 10 percent, he said.
Early this year, the central bank had set a target of trying to cut the deposit interest rate by one point per quarter if the country's macro-economic environment is favorable, the governor said.
"However, we are likely to have conditions to cut the deposit interest rate more quickly than predicted thanks to recent macro-economic developments, particularly with regard to inflation," Binh said.
He also said that the deposit interest rate should not be slashed under 9 or 10 percent because this level is reasonable since it will still ensure the position of Vietnam dong (VND) and therefore ensure the stability of the foreign exchange market.
With the deposit interest rate of 9 or 10 percent per annum, depositing VND at banks will continue to be an attractive investment channel if compared with other options like gold, foreign currencies and real estate, Binh said.
He said a 1.71 percent decrease in credit growth in the first four months was easy to understand in the context of curbing inflation.
In previous years, credit growth had stood at very high levels, with an average increase of 34 percent over the last 5 years, and 29 percent over the last 10 years. However, this year's credit growth will be controlled at between 14 and 17 percent to continue reigning in inflation and stabilizing the macro-economy.
Binh said that the central bank will closely watch the macro-economy and initiate measures to help enterprises access bank loans at reasonable interest rates in order to help them maintain and develop their trading and production activities.