The Government has recently issued Decree 50, requiring the receipt, management and use of international emergency aid for disaster victims to be carried out in an open, transparent, timely and effective manner.
From June 15, international emergency aid must be distributed for proper purposes and eligible subjects with close coordination among related ministries, sectors, local authorities, organizations and individuals.
The new regulation prohibits receipt of goods that are not allowed to be imported under Vietnam’s law; those that may adversely affect the environment, public health, political security, and social order and safety; and those that are likely to infringe upon interests of the State and people.
Also, the receipt, management and use of international emergency aid must comply with Vietnam’s law and the country’s commitments with aid donors.
The new regulation also lays down financial management principles for management and use of international emergency aid for disaster relief.
Specifically, international emergency aid that may be treated as state budget revenues or expenditures will be managed under regulations on state budget management.
For aid amounts not regarded as state budget revenues, recipients will have to manage and use them in accordance with agreements signed with aid providers, international regulations, operations of recipients, and the accounting law of Vietnam.- (VLLF)