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UPDATE 1-Vietnam targets 5.5 pct GDP growth for 2013

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* GDP target for 2013 similar to expected GDP for 2012

* Inflation to be kept around 7-8 pct next year

* Vietnam to maintain tight, prudent monetary policy

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HANOI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Vietnam's economic growth targetis 5.5 percent next year, similar to the expected rate ofexpansion in 2012, the government said.

The country will try to keep annual inflation next year atbetween 7-8 percent, a government statement said, citing aPlanning and Investment Ministry report to a Wednesday sessionof the National Assembly's Standing Committee.

Vietnam should maintain a tight and prudent monetary policyto be able to attain next year's targets, the governmentstatement released late on Wednesday said.

The growth target, to be approved along with othersocio-economic targets for 2013 by the National Assembly in itssession scheduled to start on Oct. 22, is on par with aprojection for 2012's growth by Prime Minister Nguyen TanDung.

Vietnam's economy grew an estimated 4.73 percent in thefirst nine months of this year from a year earlier, slowing fromthe 5.77 percent annual expansion in the same period last year,the government has said.

Earlier this month the International Monetary Fund, theWorld Bank and the Asian Development Bank lowered theirforecasts of Vietnam's growth this year to between 5.1-5.2percent from their earlier projections of 5.7-6.2 percent.

They projected faster growth next year, with the ADB and theWorld Bank looking at an expansion of 5.7 percent, below theIMF's forecast of 5.9 percent.

(Reporting by Ho Binh Minh; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

((ho.minh@thomsonreuters.com)(+844 3825 9623)(ReutersMessaging: ho.minh.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: VIETNAM ECONOMY/GROWTH