Monthly Newsletter of July 2022
According to the General Department of Customs and The General Statistics Office of Vietnam, as of July 15, Viet Nam’s trade with the rest of the world exceeded US$403 billion (export items valued at US$216.4 billion). Key export items included phones and accessories (US$33.7 billion); machines, equipment and tools (US$24.9 billion); textiles (US$22.1 billion); computers, electronics and spare parts (US$31.7 billion); and footwear (US$14.1 billion).
During the first half of this year, garment export turnover rose by 19.5 percent to US$16.94 billion, followed by fabrics (US$2.76 billion, up 4.4 percent), clothing (US$1.4 billion, up 20.8 percent), and apparel exports (US$734 million, up 22.3 percent).
Meanwhile, the import value of input materials and apparels was estimated at US$13.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 9.8 percent.
Last year, Viet Nam’s textile and garment export volume was estimated at US$39 billion, up 11.2 percent on year.
Source: General Statistics Office of Vietnam and Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
NEW LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
DECREE NO. 35/2022/ND-CP ON MANAGEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL PARKS AND ECONOMIC ZONES
A. Registered or unregistered short stay within industrial parks
1. Registered or unregistered short stay shall be accepted at industrial parks without permanent residences as per law on residence.
2. Professionals and employees may be granted permission for registered or unregistered short stay at industrial parks to work for enterprises according to the following regulations:
a) Vietnamese professionals and employees may be granted permission for their registered and unregistered short stay according to law on residence;
b) Foreign professionals and employees may be granted permission for their registered short stay under law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreign nationals in Vietnam.
3. In case of force majeure events taking place due to direct impacts caused by natural disaster, environmental calamity, fire, disease, war, strike, riot or other emergencies, professionals and workers or employees may register their short stay or stay at enterprises inside the perimeter of industrial parks according to the following regulations:
a) Vietnamese professionals and employees may be permitted for unregistered short stay at enterprises inside the perimeter of industrial parks as per law on residence;
b) Foreign professionals and employees may be granted permission to stay at enterprises inside the perimeter of industrial parks during the period of less than 30 days and must register their short stay under law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreign nationals in Vietnam.
B. Duties and powers of industrial park and economic zone authorities
1. Industrial park and economic zone authority shall perform the following tasks:
a) Perform the tasks of investment registration agencies and authorities for industrial parks, export processing zones, hi-tech industrial parks and economic zones under the regulatory provisions on investment with respect to investment projects inside industrial parks and economic zones under the control of industrial park and economic zone authorities; supervise and assess attraction of investments in specific types of supporting industrial parks, specialized industrial parks, hi-tech industrial parks and eco-industrial parks according to sectors and industries permitted for receipt of investments that are registered
b) Conduct the project evaluation, design and prepare estimates of costs of projects and construction works inside the perimeter of industrial parks and economic zones; examine types of construction works falling within their remit and perform other duties of construction authorities in accordance with law on construction with respect to the projects and construction works located within industrial parks and economic zones;
c) Issue, reissue, renew and revoke work permits of foreign workers and confirm that foreign workers are not eligible to receive work permits to work at industrial parks and economic zones.
Perform several tasks and powers of labor agencies under the provincial People’s Committees with regard to workers at industrial parks and economic zones, including taking steps in registering labor regulations; reporting on labor use; receiving reports on hiring of foreign workers, reports on labor changes via the national public service portal;
2. Ministries, central authorities, provincial People’s Committees and competent state authorities shall assign duties and delegate authority to industrial park and economic zone authorities to perform the following tasks:
a) Make partial adjustments to the approved planning schemes for construction of industrial parks and functional sections of economic zones; approve detailed planning requirements and proposals for development of investment projects at industrial parks or functional sectors of economic zones subject to the requirement for formulation of detailed planning schemes for construction under law on construction; issue, revise, renew, re-issue, withdrawal and revoke construction permits of construction projects or works subject to the requirement for holding construction permits according to the regulatory provisions of law on construction; perform the task of management of quality of investment projects and works located at industrial parks and economic zones;
b) Receive reports on forced resignation en bloc of staff; explanatory reports of enterprises located within industrial parks and economic zones on the demands for foreign workers holding specific positions that Vietnamese workers cannot take up;
c) Conduct the review and approve results of review of environmental impact assessment reports; issue, replace, adjust, re-issue and withdraw environmental licenses and permits of investment projects at industrial parks and economic zones.
This Decree has come into force since July 15, 2022.
All assessors of OneStepVietnam are vaccinated and now allowed to travel in all areas of Vietnam. We have conducted in-person assessments as usual, no remote services conducted in July 2022.
In order to enhance auditors’ skill, our team was provided a training course on Management system auditing skill conducted by a competent service provider on July 15 – 16, 2022.
OneStepVietnam team – July 2022