On 1 August 2017, the Ministry of Finance promulgated Circular No.79/2017/TT-BTC ("Circular 79") amending and supplementing Item b1, Point b, Clause 4, Article 48 of Circular No. 156/2013/TT-BTC ("Circular 156") guiding the implementation of some articles of the Law on Tax Administration.
On 21 June 2017, at the 3rd session of Legislature XIV, the National Assembly officially passed Resolution No. 42/2017/QH14 on pilot settlement of bad debts of credit institutions ("Resolution 42"). This is apparently a positive signal for Vietnam’s banking sector, given that the amount of bad debts, amount of implicit debt risk and amount of debt sold to Vietnam Asset Management Company currently unhandled account for 10.08% of the total outstanding loans of the banking sector (equivalent to about VND 600,000 billion, according to statistics reported by the Governor of the State Bank to the National Assembly, as at 31 December 2016).
On 4 July 2017, the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No. 59/NQ-CP on simplifying administrative procedures under the management function of the State Bank of Vietnam (“Resolution 59”) together with the simplification plan for the implementation by the relevant competent agencies (“Plan”).
On 19 June 2017, the Law on Technology Transfer No. 07/2017/QH14 was officially approved by the National Assembly (“2017 Law”). The 2017 Law will take effect on 1 July 2018 and replace to the Law on Technology Transfer No. 80/2006/QH11 (“2006 Law”).
On 19 July 2017, the Supreme People’s Court promulgated official Dispatch No. 152/TANDTC-PC (“Dispatch 152”) guiding settlement of disputes on credit contracts and handling of bad debts.
1980 Vienna Convention of the United Nations on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) comes into force in Vietnam on 1 January 2017, opening quite a few opportunities and advantages for enterprises when they conduct international transactions.
With its “open” policies in the field of investment together with a large potential market, Vietnam has attracted many foreign investors in the world (“Foreign Investors”) to come and invest in business. In order to conduct their business, one of the options that the Foreign Investors choose to enter the Vietnamese market is the acquisition of a whole 100% shares, capital contributions (“Charter Capital”) in a target company which has been established in Vietnam (“the Company”).
On 12 June 2017, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed the Foreign Trade Management Law No. 05/2017/QH14 (the “Foreign Trade Management Law”).
On 12 June 2017, the Law on Supporting small and medium enterprises No.04/2017/QH14 was officially approved by the National Assembly (the “Law”).
On 11 July 2017, the Supreme People’s Court issued Official Letter No. 146/TANDTC-PC providing regulations on referring, applying precedents in trial.
On 15 May 2017, the Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) issued Circular 50/2017/TT-BTC (“Circular 50”) guiding the implementation of Decree 73/2016/ND-CP dated 1 July 2016 detailing the implementation of the Law on Insurance Business and the Law amending a number of articles of the Law on Insurance Business.
On 1 June 2017, Vietnam Social Insurance (“VSI”) promulgated official letter No. 2159/BHXH-BT guiding the rates of premium to be paid to the occupational accident and disease insurance fund and the collection of social insurance, health insurance, unemployment insurance, occupational accident and disease insurance according to the new basic salary as follows:
On 22 May 2017, the Ministry of Transportation promulgated Circular No. 16/2017/TT-BGTVT (“Circular 16”) guiding the routes for transportation of goods in transit through the Vietnamese territory, replacing Circular No. 15/2014/TT-BGTVT (“Circular 15”) dated 13 May 2014 guiding the routes for transportation of goods in transit through the Vietnamese territory and Circular No. 17/2015/TT-BGTVT dated 14 May 2015 amending and supplementing Circular 15 (“Circular 17”).
According to a report of the Foreign Investment Department, in the first five (05) months of 2017, the total of new, increased registered capital and share contribution by the foreign investors was USD 12.13 billion, up 10.4% over the same period in 2016. This is a joyful sign demonstrating that Vietnam's economic market is flourishing, attracting a lot of attention from foreign investors (“Foreign Investors”). However, in addition to the achieved results, the process and procedures for investment into Vietnam still have certain disadvantages, especially the troubles the Foreign Investors encounter in relation to the investment capital account (“Capital Account”).
Circular 53/2017/TT-BTC of the Ministry of Finance ("Circular 53") guiding the implementation of Decree 69/2016/ND-CP ("Decree 69") on business conditions regarding debt trading service ("Debt Trading Enterprise") is effective from 3 July 2017.
On 6 June 2017 the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam issued Circular No. 03/2017/TT-NHNN (“Circular 03”) to revise a number of articles of Circular No.16/2012/TT-NHNN (“Circular 16”) dated 25 May 2012 on guiding several articles of Decree No.24/2012/ND-CP dated 3 April 2012 of the Government on gold trading management.
On 6 June 2017, the Government issued Decree No. 71/2017/ND – CP (“Decree 71”) guiding corporate governance of public companies.
On 16 May 2017, Decree 62/2017/ND-CP (“Decree 62”) was issued to detail a number of articles and measures to implement the Law on Property Auction. Decree 62 will come into effect on 1 July 2017 and will replace Decree 17/2010/ND-CP of the Government on Property Auction.
On 21 February 2017, the Supreme People’s Court promulgated official Dispatch No. 33/TANDTC-HTQT (“Dispatch 33”) guiding procedures for delivering and notifying courts’ procedural documents to overseas involved parties in civil cases and administrative cases.
On 25 May 2017, Decree No. 68/2017/ND-CP issued by the Government regulating the management and development of industrial clusters (“Decree 68”) replaces Decision No. 105/2009/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister dated 19 August 2009 on the same issue (“Decision 105”). Decree 68 shall come into force on 15 July 2017.