Hong Kong’s US$3bn Vietnam investment ranks it the second largest capital investor in Vietnam for 2014, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The Department Deputy Head, Hoang Thi Lan Anh, of Vietnam’s General Department of Taxation Reform has confirmed the government’s commitment to reduce the time spent paying taxes and social insurance in Vietnam to the ASEAN average of 171 hours by the end of 2015.
Of the many laws and regulations which came into effect at the beginning of 2015, Vietnam Briefing has selected three with significant relevance to foreign investors in the country or who are interested in entering. Wide-scale tax reforms have been implemented, along with changes to customs and bankruptcy procedures.
Vietnamese seafood exports surged in 2014 with an export turnover of US$7.9 billion, its highest point in three years. This exceeded the target of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) by US$920 million and was an 18.4 percent increase on 2013. The main seafood exports from Vietnam, by value of exports, are frozen shrimp, pangasius catfish, tuna and other fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
Vietnam’s Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam came into effect on January 1, 2015, doubling the number of visa categories to 20. Of particular note, foreigners are no longer permitted to change their visa category once inside Vietnam. Therefore, the option of arriving on a tourist visa, applying for a work permit and changing visa categories is no longer available.