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E-commerce management needs specific penalties to be effective

Updated: 14:40’ - 23/07/2014

At a conference titled “Promoting state management in e-commerce” jointly held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)’s Department for E-commerce and Information Technology and the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP) in Ho Chi Minh City in early June, state management agencies emphasized the necessity for the MOIT and MOIC to coordinate in managing e-commerce websites and issuing a joint circular to quickly solve problems arising in the process of implementing e-commerce management policies.

Answering enterprises’ queries about the coordination among state management agencies in this field, Tran Huu Linh, director of the MOIT’s Department for E-commerce and Information Technology, said many management activities need the participation of other ministries and sectors, such as operation of domain names “.vn” subject to management by MOIC’s Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC).

The MOIT also proposed the addition of a clause on the withdrawal of domain names “.vn” for violators apart from monetary fines in Government Decree No. 185/2013/ND-CP of November 15, 2013, on sanctioning of administrative violations in commerce.

“It is necessary to have specific sanctions to facilitate state management agencies’ management and control of e-commerce websites on the Internet,” he said.

In reality, many enterprises having e-commerce websites still fail to post adequate information on their websites, including address, telephone number and the name of the website’s owner under Government Decree No. 52/2013/ND-CP.

A number of businesses have not yet registered their domain names “.vn” with the MOIT. This has made the settlement of disputes between sellers and buyers very difficult.-


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