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Banks in Vietnam reportedly are opposed to a plan to waive ATM transaction fees for state employees. Financial and governmental officials in Vietnam did not offer immediate comment about the report, which appeared in the Vietnam Net newswire this week. The Vietnam Bank Card Association last month said it would postpone a plan to impose a fee of at least 1,000 dong (6 U.S. cents or 4 euro cents) per transaction (CardLine Global, 24 July). The postponement came amid complaints from the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, which helps manage that city, that the fees would burden state employees, many of whom have their salaries deposited directly into bank accounts. The banks reportedly complained that state employees should be treated no differently from other ATM users. However, unlike other citizens, state workers must withdraw funds at ATMs at least once a month, the committee says. The bankcard group had hoped to begin charging the ATM fees on 1 July and use the funds to upgrade the machines and expand ATM deployment.

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