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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Ministry expounds new planning law Ministry expounds new planning law
The controversial draft planning law, a law pertaining to many industries and sectors, is expected to be tabled to the National Assembly for passage at its upcoming session in May.
Citizens more satisfied with health insurance coverage but more concerned about the environment: 2016 PAPI Report Citizens more satisfied with health insurance coverage, but more concerned about the environment: 2016 PAPI Report
Findings from the 2016 PAPI Report, released on April 4, 2017, show positive trends in public service delivery. However, citizens are more concerned about the environment than in past years, and weaknesses remain in citizen engagement in decision-making, government accountability, and control of corruption in the public sector.
Legal loopholes in handling trademark infringements in Vietnam Legal loopholes in handling trademark infringements in Vietnam
Intellectual property infringements in Vietnam, including infringements upon well-known trademarks, have prevalently occurred with subtle tricks and are considerably difficult to control. These have caused damage not only to businesses but also to customers.
A more focus on intellectual property from the new Civil Code and intellectual property law system A more focus on intellectual property from the new Civil Code and intellectual property law system
Vietnam has so far had three Civil Codes of 1995, 2005 and 2015 since January 4, 1995, when the Vietnamese Government filed a formal request for accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Each of these Civil Codes presents an interestingly different point of view on intellectual property (IP) in relation to the national system of IP rights protection, as briefly depicted below.
Customs Law helps boost international trade Customs Law helps boost international trade
The 2014 Customs Law and its guiding documents have not only codified local customs habits and practices but also legalized Vietnam’s international commitments on customs in the context of vigorous trade globalization and ever-expanding economic and customs alliances. It has established many modern legal mechanisms to facilitate international trade.
Businesses rate good and bad regulations Businesses rate good and bad regulations
A list of 114 good regulations and 123 bad regulations was selected among 9,297 nominations sent in by people and organizations from many state agencies, associations and the business community in response to the rating of regulations concerning business activities first ever launched in Vietnam.
NA Standing Committee debates anonymous denunciations NA Standing Committee debates anonymous denunciations
Presenting the revised draft Law on Denunciations at the eighth session of the National Assembly Standing Committee, which began on March 14, Government Chief Inspector Phan Van Sau said the 2011 Law on Denunciations needs amendments because of its shortcomings concerning jurisdiction, settlement of denunciations, and reaching conclusions in denunciation cases.
Tourism to become a spearhead industry Tourism to become a spearhead industry
Resolution No. 08-NQ/TW released on January 1, 2017, views development of tourism into a spearhead industry as a boost for development of other industries, noting, however, that all provinces should not necessarily regard tourism as a key industry.
Cabinet members vow to make headway in new year Cabinet members vow to make headway in new year
At the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, ministers share with Tin Tuc newspaper, Vietnam News Agency, breakthrough solutions to implementing socio-economic tasks in 2017 in the spirit of a constructional and active government.
Vietnams new law upholds the right to freedom of religion for everyone Vietnam’s new law upholds the right to freedom of religion for everyone
Vietnam’s National Assembly last November passed the Law on Belief and Religion consisting of nine chapters with 68 articles. The Law will take effect on January 1, 2018. This article highlights major new provisions of this Law.

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