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Open policies await businesses in 2015

The business environment in Vietnam is expected to be more open in 2015 with a number of new policies that will take effect.

VietNamNet Bridge – The business environment in Vietnam is expected to be more open in 2015 with a number of new policies that will take effect.



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Under current law, a business cannot accused of “doing business illegally” if it operates in fields not registered with watchdog agencies before it sets up business. However, from July 1, 2015, under the 2014 Enterprise Law, businesses can make investments in fields not prohibited by law.

Meanwhile, under the new Investment Law, only six business fields are prohibited and 272 business fields are listed as “conditional fields”, i.e., businesses must meet certain requirements to be eligible for operating in the fields.

Under the former laws, investors had to apply for investment licenses if they developed projects capitalized at VND15 billion and more in conditional business fields. But under the new laws, they will not have to do this.

The 2014 Investment Law stipulates that enterprises with a foreign investment capital ratio of less than 51 percent will be treated like domestic enterprises.

One business, many stamps

Under the Enterprise Law, one business has the right to have more than one stamp and there is no need to ask for permission from the police. Businesses just need to give information about their stamps to business registration agencies, which will publish the stamp on the national information portal on business registrations.

Under this regulation, the “power” of the business stamp has changed. If an individual appropriates stamps of other businesses, this will not stop enterprises’ operations, which sometimes occurred in the past.

In the future, business stamps may not exist, as policymakers are now considering the issue.

Businesses make own decisions on advert expenditures

From 2015, businesses have the right to determine their budget on marketing activities and advertisements, as the ceiling expenditure on ads will be removed.

Under the current law, expenditure on ads must not be higher than 7 percent of total expenditures.

Taxation body to cut time for tax payments

The government’s Resolution No 19 says that the Vietnamese business environment must be upgraded to an average level in ASEAN-6.

A World Bank report showed that businesses now have to spend 872 hours a year on tax payment procedures. The government has requested to cut the figure to 171 hours by 2015.

The time needed for tax payment procedures has been cut by 370 hours since January 1, 2015 after amendments with legal documents were issued, while the time needed for social insurance procedures has been cut by 227 hours.

As such, taxation bodies will have to cut another 45.5 hours, and social insurance agencies 58.5 hours more in 2015.

Pham Huyen

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