The draft decree provides details on the environmental permits, it sets out environmental criteria for investment project classification and requires organisations or individuals to obtain a liability insurance in specific sectors and industries. Finally, incentives and supporting policies in environmental protection are included.
Decree 38 provides a better scope defining to which entities it applies. It also introduces several more severe penalties for violations related to advertising for certain products, in particular drugs, cosmetics, medical equipment, fertiliser, or healthcare services. Additional penalties, such as revocation of a licence, are introduced as well.
The draft PDP8 prioritises renewable energy development and intends to create a more incentivised regulatory framework to boost private-sector investments to connect individual power plants with the national transmission grid. It also lays out significant opportunities for the development of LNG-to-power.
After Brexit the UK negotiated an FTA with the Vietnamese government to be able to enjoy similiar or better trade conditions as it would have had under the EVFTA. In this update you can read some notable points. The UKVFTA will enter into force on 1 May 2021.
Decree 31 provides details to implement the new Law on Investment. Note that there will be changes with regard to the approval of the investor and investment policy, investment guarantee, amendment of investment project, escrow deposit, market access and its conditions. In this update we will set out some points that changed compared to the draft decree which was issued last year.
The draft Decree on Personal Data Protection was recently circulated for public discussion. Many of the draft provisions are similar to those in the European GDPR, addressing matters such as cross-border data transfer and appointment of data protection officers. Fines for non-compliance can reach up to 5% of annual turnover.
The Draft Circular provides guidance on the tax compliance procedure, tax refund, the tax audit process and other tax administration related subjects. The draft is in particular relevant for e-commerce activities and digital-based businesses.
Decree contains guidelines on a coordinating mechanism for enterprise registration, cooperation related to registration of securities companies and fund management companies, concurrent registration of various points related to the enterprise such as the form or legal rep and additional regulations relating to legal status of enterprises are introduced.
The draft decree does address various points, however, there is still need for clarification with regard to for example the law governing PPP project contract, conditions related to equity transfer, disposal of collaterals, and restrictions on equity transfer as well as definition of policy enabling changes in developing a PPP project.
Decree 152 provides guidance on employement of foreigners following the entering into force of the new labour code per 1 January 2021. There are some changes related to exemptions as well as the requirements to be qualified as an expert or technical worker.
The decree is expected to enter into force at the same time as the Law on Enterprises, being 1 January 2021. Some of the interesting changes are related to the enterprise registration, the suspension of it as well as the legal status of an enterprise.
The Draft Decree provides details to implement the new Law on Investment. Note that there will be changes with regard to the approval of the investor and investment policy, investment guarantee, amendment of investment project, escrow deposit, market access and its conditions.
Vietnam is a dynamic country with an economy that continues to grow and modernise and has a lot to offer. It is a unique country and provides extensive opportunities if you are willing to spend the time to understand the market and the people living and working in it.
Since Vietnam has joined the WTO in 2007, investment opportunities in Vietnam have developed immensely. Nevertheless, there are undoubtedly many challenges in doing business here, some of which we will touch upon the main points in our guide “Doing Business in Vietnam".
In this guide you can find information about:
Ways to invest and available incentives;
Types of legal entities you can setup;
The do’s and don’ts of borrowing or lending money;
Competition law, contract law, intellectual property rights law, the labour code and dispute resolution;
What to do in case of insolvency, bankruptcy, or dissolution; and