Measures must be taken to improve the quality of
Vietnam’s legal documents, said policy researchers and businesses at a
conference on October 17 in Hanoi.
The conference on Vietnam's law system is held in Hanoi
on October 17 (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Measures must be taken to improve the quality of Vietnam’s legal
documents, said policy researchers and businesses at a conference on October 17
Participants urged policymakers to improve feasibility,
logic and consistency to avoid half-baked regulations that unnecessarily
complicated business operations or even contradicted existing laws.
A major sticking point in the process of policy-making has
been a lack of transparency and feedback from parties that are affected by those
policies, said legal experts. As a result, many legal documents were produced
without a comprehensive evaluation of the potential socio-economic impacts they
“The quality of legal documents has a significant impact
in strengthening businesses’ ability to compete, along with consumer
experience,” said Dau Anh Tuan, head of the legal department under the Vietnam
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI),
the conference’s organiser.
“Policymakers must aim to remove legal barriers on
market integration, to ensure trade liberalisation and to fight the influence of
interest groups,” Tuan said.
“Compiling documents which impact the entire society and
business sector must not be fast-tracked, and must gather feedback from all
Mark Grillin, head of the Vietnam Business Forum’s tax
and customs working group, said policymakers’ first priority in drafting a legal
document is to identify its objectives.
Contingencies and alternatives should be carefully
studied to maximise effectiveness.
They must work together with affected parties to ensure
a good understanding of how legal document would impact their activities. Close
cooperation between policymakers and affected parties will help to produce
policies that do not favour certain groups at the expense of everyone else.
The list of affected parties must also be expanded to
include other stakeholders in supply chains and supporting industries, not just
The transparency of tax-related legal documents is a
matter of utmost importance, said Nguyen Tien Vy, vice-president of the Vietnam
Beer and Beverage Association.
Vy quoted a study conducted by the Central Institute of
Economic Management that showed a change in the country’s tax law would affect
not just the beverage industry but also its 21 supporting industries and
millions of consumers.
documents are also a hurdle to overcome as the country pushes for further
integration into the global economy with numerous international trade