New regulations on NGOs’ operations
10:00 | 06/03/2012

VGP – The Government has issued Decree No. 12/2012/NĐ-CP on registering and managing operations of foreign Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) in Việt Nam.

The Decree, which consists of five chapters and 32 articles, is applicable to non-governmental organizations, non-profit making organizations, social funds, private funds, or other forms of social and non-profit organizations that are established under foreign countries’ stipulation.

The aforesaid entities are allowed to carry out activities regarding development assistance and humanitarian aid without making profits or pursuing other purposes.

These entities are forbidden to organize and implement political and religious activities or other activities which are irrelevant to Việt Nam’s national interests, security, national defense and national unity.

According to the Decree, it is illegal for these entities to organize, implement and participate in activities with a view to making profits , or activities relating to money laundering, terrorism, or damaging the Vietnamese ethical values, traditions, national identities, or opposing Việt Nam’s legal regulations.

Under the Decree, these entities are allowed to operate in Việt Nam if they have clear legal personality, statutes, and principles; action plans for humanitarian aid and development assistance through projects and programs which are in accordance with the national socio-economic development policies.

Heads of representative offices, Heads of project offices, or persons, who are assigned to represent foreign organizations in Việt Nam, are responsible for all performances of such organizations.

The Decree will take effect since June 1, 2012.

By Hải Minh

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