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HANOI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Vietnam's economic growth targetnext year is 5.5 percent, similar to the expected expansion in2012, the government said.

The country would 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.

(Reporting by Ho Binh Minh; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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Keywords: VIETNAM ECONOMY/GROWTH