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EASIER ENTRY INTO VIETNAM FOR FOREIGNERS AND OVERSEAS VIETNAMESE

After almost 2 years of limited access, it will become easier for foreigners with a business visa, visa exemption, temporary or permanent residence cards, overseas Vietnamese and their family members to enter Vietnam. Tourists are expected to be able to come to Vietnam later this year without having to join an organised tour.

20 Jan 2022

FUTURE OF WIND ENERGY IN VIETNAM
Vietnam has an encouraging opportunity to move away from its reliance on foreign coal and develop its own modern renewable energy system free from pollution of its air, waterways, and agricultural land. Decision No. 39/2018/QD-TTg is expected to have a positive impact as a more commercially viable feed-in tariff was introduced.

03 Jan 2019

DECREE 148 CLARIFIES VIETNAM’S EMPLOYMENT FRAMEWORK
Decree 148 provides a much needed simplification of the current employment framework. It contains provisions on the period that counts for the severance allowance, the disciplinary hearing, settlement time in case of mutual termination; and what needs to be in the labour contract.

02 Jan 2019

INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN VIETNAM EXPECTED TO IMPROVE AFTER CHANGES IN THE LAWS
A draft law amending several articles of the Law on Investment and the Law on Enterprises has been published for public comments. The amendments are expected to be adopted and come into effect in 2019. It is predicted that the scope of changes will not detrimentally affect an investment project. Notable is also that the time to fulfil the capital contribution requirements will be lengthened considerably.

27 Dec 2018

DECREE 143 ON APPLICABILITY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE FOR FOREIGN EMPLOYEES
Under the Law on Social Insurance of end 2014 it would also apply to foreign employees as of 1 January 2018. Decree 143 gives the long-awaited guidance about the scope of the Law on Social Insurance. The application will be implemented in two steps. The first part enters into force in 2018 and the second per 2022.

21 Dec 2018

DECREE 119 PROVIDING GUIDANCE ON E-INVOICING
Decree 119 gives information related to the introduction of e-invoices in Vietnam. By 1 November 2020 companies are required to use the e-invoice and cannot use paper VAT invoices anymore.

18 Dec 2018

DECREE 140 EASES EMPLOYMENT OF A FOREIGN EMPLOYEE
Decree 140 addresses issues related to work permits and work permit exemption for foreigners working in Vietnam. It eases the requirements for foreign employees as more persons are exempted, fewer documents need to be submitted and the necessity to submit a labour usage plan for certain foreign employees is removed.

19 Nov 2018

NEW CYBERSECURITY LAW EXPECTED TO IMPACT FDI
The new Cybersecurity Law is expected to impact FDI as it requires investors to open a branch or representative office when active in sectors covered by the law. Companies have to comply with the requirements by 1 January 2019.

08 Nov 2018

DECREE 22 ON IPR
Decree 22 provides additional information on collection and distribution of royalties, protection invalidation of copyright and related rights, and the timeline related to the copyright registration certificate.

25 Sep 2018

DECREES 57 AND 98 FACILITATE INVESTMENTS IN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
More incentives are introduced to attract and facilitate investment in the agricultural sector by Decree 57 and Decree 98 introduces the concept of linkage and provides for incentives related to linkage projects. These incentives are expected to turn Vietnam into an agriculturally intensive processing centre of the world and a logistics centre for global agricultural trading.

14 Sep 2018

DECREE 82 ON NEW CONCEPTS OF INDUSTRIAL PARKS AND THEIR INCENTIVES
Vietnam is working towards supporting different kinds of industries by introducing new concepts of industrial zones with incentives. Decree 82 introduces the new concepts, such as the auxiliary industrial zone, or supporting industry zone, and the eco-industrial zone. Incentives are also set out for manufacturers of supporting industries' products and eco-enterprises.

05 Sep 2018

DECREE 108 SIMPLIFIES BUSINESS REGISTRATION
Decree 108 will simplify the business registration procedures and reduce costs. Notable changes are related to registration and notification requirements; and the prohibition of setting up another business location is removed.

05 Sep 2018

COMPETITION LAW WILL IMPACT M&A ACTIVITIES AND OFFSHORE COMPANIES
The new Competition Law is expected to have an impact on mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, joint ventures between offshore parties. It will also apply to foreign companies, with or without a presence or subsidiary in Vietnam.

30 Aug 2018

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