A Vietnamese government regulation on trading and distribution disregards the country's commitments as part of its accession a year ago to the World Trade Organization, a US business group said. The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam said in a position paper this week that a new regulation imposed new market access obstacles for American providers of goods and services, some of which were inconsistent with Vietnam's bilateral trade agreement and WTO commitments. Shoppers browse at a Maximart outlet in Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about US business group concerns over Vietnam’s new regulations
The Foreign Ministry will now consider and grant licenses for foreign representative offices of non-profit organisations within 30 days. This comes into effect from Feb. 10 as stated in a relevant regulation released by the Government on Jan. 19. The new regulation identifies the target organisations as foreign cooperation and research agencies under a foreign country's ministries, industries or local governments. … [Read more...] about New regulation on foreign representative offices issued
New regulation on construction standards The Ministry of Construction issued Circular No 18/2010/TT-BXD on October 15,regulating the application of national technical rules, national standards, basic standards and foreign construction standards for construction work in Viet Nam. Compulsory national technical rules apply to construction activities, such as surveys, planning and appraisal of construction projects. Additional standards may be applied on a voluntary basis, as approved by the investment decision maker. The circular takes effect December 15 and replaces Circular No 40/2009/TT-BXD. … [Read more...] about New regulation on construction standards
GM crops require new regulations (26-11-2008) Crop development and research centre workers select hybrid rice seeds.— VNA/VNS Photo Minh Dong HCM CITY — New regulations are needed on the use of genetically modified (GM) crops to ensure public health, officials have said. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said that GM crops such as corn, cotton and soybeans could result in huge savings. The use of GM corn could save US$500 million a year, MARD said. Around 1.1 million hectares of corn are grown each year, but average yield is fewer than 4 tonnes per hectare each harvest. Pests have contributed to the low maize yield, and post-harvest fungi, mould and termites between 10 per cent to 13.7 per cent. Vietnamese scientists have conducted research on transferring virus-resistant genes into papaya trees and drought-resistant genes into cotton. The Institute of Tropical Biology's gene targeting method has created tobacco, rice, green bean and … [Read more...] about GM crops require new regulations
New regulations set on exports to U.S.Hoang Phi By Hoang Phi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Children’s products exported to the U.S. after next year’s February 8 will have to attach more specific technical files under the new standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Details about chemicals, designs, and production processes have to be given in such files, under the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, said Joseph P. Mohorovic, vice president of Intertek, a global group on testing. The U.S. importers can accept technical files supplied by foreign producers, provided that they have been verified by an independent laboratory appointed by the U.S. commission, Mohorovic said at a workshop held by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Vietnam on Wednesday. He said the U.S. had paid more attention to the safety of imported products, such as toys, textile, and footwear, especially those for children. The new safety … [Read more...] about New regulations set on exports to U.S.