Removal of business conditions facilitates inland waterway transport By Le Anh Many of business conditions will be removed to facilitate inland waterway transport – PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC – Many business conditions required of firms active in inland waterway transport have been lifted to facilitate their operations. The Government has issued Decree 128/2018 to revise and supplement decrees on investment and business conditions in the field. The new decree came into force upon signing. Conditions affecting personnel, such as the rule that crew members must have driving permits and employment contracts and must take out insurance, have been removed. These conditions are considered unnecessary and interfere too much with the business activities of enterprises. In addition, Decree 128/2018, amending Article 6 of Decree 110/2014, enables the operators of fixed transport journeys or contract-based journeys to meet just one condition: Operators must establish businesses or cooperatives in accordance with Vietnam’s laws. Business conditions applied to those building, repairing and renovating vehicles for inland waterway transport have also been revised in a flexible way to suit the size of the firms. Those involved in these activities before May 1, 2015, can continue their business until the end of 2020. If they wish to continue beyond that, they must satisfy the requirements of Decree 128.