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Vietnam has just released today a long-awaited Decree No. 71/2022/ND-CP amending and supplementing Decree No. 06/2016/ND-CP on the Management, Provision and Use of Radio and Television Services (“Decree 71”). Decree 71 will take effect as of 01 January 2023, the same effective date as the 2022 Cinema Law. In summary, compared with the latest draft version in July 2022, the MIC only made some slight updates to the wording of Decree 71. Salient issues under…

Following President Xi Jinping’s announcement that China would seek to join the newly-created Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (“DEPA”) at the 2021 G20 Summit in Rome, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) formally applied for China to join the agreement on November 1, 2021. The DEPA, which is described as the first trade agreement to target the digital economy, has been entered into by New Zealand, Singapore, and Chile. It contains 16 articles covering provisions on facilitating…

This article articulates a few more updates on the draft decree amending Decree No. 06/2016/ND-CP on the management, provision and use of radio and television services (“Draft Decree 06”) in Vietnam. Specifically, following the approval of Vietnam’s New Cinema Law and to keep consistency with provisions on the dissemination of films in cyberspace herein, the Ministry of Information and Communications is now working on Draft Decree 06. Below are noteworthy summaries reflecting the latest development…

Metaverse is one of the hottest buzzwords in technology today. Given its potential impact on both the real and virtual worlds, developments are being made to accommodate this new technology in multiple facets globally. Particularly, countries in Asia are experiencing strong incentives for the initial exploitation of the Metaverse. For example, investments in Thailand relating to the Metaverse are seen both in the public and private sectors. These investments involve many traditional companies, such as…

As scheduled, earlier yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, June 15, 2022), with the ratio of 449 out of 467 National Assembly delegates saying “Yes,” the National Assembly of Vietnam (NA) officially approved the Cinema Law. The new Cinema Law (henceforth in this article referred to as the Law) will come into effect from January 1, 2023. Although the final version of the Law is currently non-available and has been set to be gazetted only in late June 2022, some…

On May 25, 2022, the Draft Cinema Law (amended) (“Draft Law”) was discussed at the 3rd session of the 15th National Assembly. Compared with the version of the Draft Law previously submitted to the National Assembly, this new draft has many progressive amendments, with regulations revised and presented more clearly and coherently. In particular, concerning film dissemination in cyberspace, the Draft Law has been supplemented with several new regulations and mechanisms to provide useful support…

On 04 May 2022, the Ministry of Information and Communication (“MIC”) released the Draft Law on E-Transaction (“Draft Law”) for public comment. The deadline for comments is 4 July 2022. The effective date of the Draft Law has not been decided yet. The Draft Law, comprising 104 articles and 11 chapters, is expected to supersede the existing Law on E-Transaction. The Draft Law proposes new regulations and requirements concerning digital signature, digital identity, trusted services, e-contracts,…

As the rumors travel fast and some have mistakenly spread the news that the draft Personal Data Protection Decree (“PDPD”) was issued, here is a quick update on the recent developments regarding the approval process of the draft PDPD in Vietnam. By way of background, on 8 March 2022, the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No. 27/NQ-CP (“Resolution 27”) on the Approval for the Dossier of the Draft PDPD. As assigned by the Government under Resolution…