What Trump’s Currency Investigation Means for Vietnam

I was going to write about selling alcohol this week, but over the weekend broke news that the Trump administration in the US has initiated a currency manipulation investigation against Vietnam, see article here. While this isn't something about which to worry terribly much in the hands of a country determined to abide by its [...]

By |2020-10-05T14:26:15+07:00October 5th, 2020|Business News, International Trade|Comments Off on What Trump’s Currency Investigation Means for Vietnam

The Facts about CISG in Vietnam

Last week I wrote about the freedom of contract in Vietnam, here, and only briefly touched on an important international convention which Vietnam acceded to a few years ago. The Vienna Convention for the International Sale of Goods, or CISG for short, is an important set of rules for anyone buying goods from Vietnamese producers, [...]

By |2020-09-22T14:32:29+07:00September 22nd, 2020|Contract Law, International Trade|Comments Off on The Facts about CISG in Vietnam

Why It Matters that Vietnamese Hate Chinese

A recent Linkedin post alerted me to a crackdown on foreign land ownership. It linked to an article in the local press about Chinese investors buying land in Da Nang through "various ruses." As I read the article I came to realize that the Linkedin poster hadn't really read into the article that much, or [...]

By |2020-05-28T12:36:41+07:00May 28th, 2020|International Trade, Inward Investment|Comments Off on Why It Matters that Vietnamese Hate Chinese

What To Do After Force Majeure in Vietnam

While Vietnam is coming out of the Covid-19 epidemic, force majeure in Vietnam and elsewhere remains a major issue for investors both domestic and international. Cross-border flows of goods and people remain restricted, but internally, Vietnam is resuming business as usual to the extent possible. As the world locked down over the last few months, [...]

By |2020-05-06T15:25:34+07:00May 6th, 2020|Contract Law, Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Legal News|Comments Off on What To Do After Force Majeure in Vietnam

EU-Vietnam Take Next Step to EVFTA

This week the European Union took the final step in its procedure for approving the EVFTA/EVIPA trade deals with Vietnam. All that is left is for Vietnam's National Assembly to give its opinion on the matter and the deal will, officially and finally, be sealed. The EVFTA and EVIPA are the fruit of over eight [...]

By |2020-04-06T09:31:12+07:00April 6th, 2020|International Trade, Legal News|Comments Off on EU-Vietnam Take Next Step to EVFTA

Cybersecurity Update

Recently we prepared a special alert concerning the current draft decree governing the cybersecurity law that has caused so much controversy in the interwebs. One clause, the requirement for offshore companies to establish onshore domain hosting along with a branch/rep office is particularly controversial. Below I quote from our security alert on this issue, as [...]

By |2019-09-17T15:44:29+07:00September 17th, 2019|Intellectual Property, International Trade, Technology and Media, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|Comments Off on Cybersecurity Update

In Laos

I try not to let my personal life interfere with this blog too much, though I do on occasion tell personal stories. I'm currently sitting in Laos Plaza Hotel in Vientiane, Laos, and wondering at the difference between Vietnam and Laos. While there is indeed some new construction here in Vientiane, it is nothing like [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:45:08+07:00August 26th, 2019|General, International Trade, Inward Investment|Comments Off on In Laos

Sharp and the Trade War

Sharp, the Japanese electronics giant, has announced plans to build a manufacturing site here in Vietnam according to Nikkei Asia here. This is the latest news in the continuing trade war between the United States and China, and provides an opportunity to examine the impacts of the trade war on a country like Vietnam. Much [...]

By |2019-08-05T08:50:31+07:00August 5th, 2019|Business News, International Trade|Comments Off on Sharp and the Trade War

Call for More Technology Transfer in Vietnam

As reprinted in Vietnam+, here, the Vietnam News Agency has called for increased technology transfer to production companies in Vietnam. The call sites dismal numbers of high tech usage by manufacturers in Vietnam stating that nearly 60% of manufacturers are using technology that is outdated while only 2% use high technology. This is disturbing, especially in [...]

By |2019-07-24T14:41:31+07:00July 24th, 2019|Business News, International Trade, Technology and Media|Comments Off on Call for More Technology Transfer in Vietnam

EVFTA Signed in Hanoi

The Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed by representatives of both parties on Sunday in Hanoi. While this is not the final step for execution of the agreement, this is a major milestone and will, more than likely, lead to adoption by the EU. In this article, here, Nicolas Audier discusses the benefits of [...]

By |2019-07-01T13:28:20+07:00July 1st, 2019|Business News, Dispute Resolution, International Trade|Comments Off on EVFTA Signed in Hanoi
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