Companies in Vietnam say they are having a difficult time navigating through regulations on allowing key foreign experts to enter the country amid closed borders due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. According to data from the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, more than 25,000 experts and skilled workers from abroad had been unable to return to work in Vietnam as of the end of March due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. Among them, nearly 8,500 were foreign experts needed for transport and electricity projects and for key positions in foreign direct investment (FDI) companies like South Korean electronics producers Samsung and LG. As Vietnam gradually resumes economic activities in the “new normal” after basically pushing back COVID-19, foreign investors, experts, skilled workers, business managers, and officials have been allowed to enter the country given they comply with its quarantine regulations. The regulations, however, have proven to be major stumbling blocks for companies as there are several inadequacies in the implementation of these requirements. According to a representative of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council in Vietnam, many enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City have been confused by the city’s guidelines for granting entry to international experts, which were rolled out in what they described as a tardy manner. The official said that although the Ho Chi… Read full this story
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