Regulations on exhibition activities of non-commercial purposes
14:01 | 24/04/2019

VGP – The Government on February 29, 2019 issued Decree No. 23/2019/ND-CP (“Decree 23”) providing guidelines for exhibition activities, especially the ones intended for non-commercial purposes carried out in Viet Nam and brought overseas.

Question: What are procedures for holding non-commercial purposes?

Answer: Under Decree 23, the application procedures for licenses to hold exhibitions will be applicable in the following situations:  

(1) Exhibitions brought overseas by Vietnamese organizations or individuals; and

(2)  Exhibitions held in Viet Nam by international organizations, foreign organizations and individuals.

Accordingly, Decree 23 details the authority, documents, order and procedures with respect to the issuance, reissuance and revocation of exhibition-holding licenses.

In the following cases, individuals or organizations must send the Notice of holding exhibitions to competent State authorities including (1) exhibitions held in Viet Nam by organizations under the central authority;  (2) exhibitions jointly held in Viet Nam by organizations of two or more provinces or cities; and (3) exhibitions held in a locality by local organizations, or individuals.

The time to issue this license is 07 working days or up to 15 working days for the exhibitions in which it is required to establish the Content Assessment Council.

Decree 23 also stipulates the authorities to receive notices; order, procedures and templates for notification as well as temporary suspension of exhibitions.

Accordingly, within 07 working days from the day on which the notice of exhibitions is received by competent authorities, if the competent authorities do not give written responses, organizations or individuals may hold the exhibition with the notified contents.

However, this period may be extended up to 15 working days for the exhibition in which it is required to establish the Content Assessment Council.

Decree 23 came into force from April 15, 2019./.


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