Vietnam plans 2013 GDP growth at 5.5 pct-govt

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

The country would try to keep annual inflation next year at between 7-8 percent, a government statement said, citing a Planning and Investment Ministry report to a Wednesday session of the National Assembly's Standing Committee.

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

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

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