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The Success Story of the Business Registration Reform

Date added: 05/31/2019
Downloads: 957
The Success Story of the Business Registration Reform

The programme for business registration reform in Vietnam has simplified and standardised business registration procedures in Vietnam, thus making the country's registration of businesses less cumbersome, less costly and more efficient.

Through a comprehensive support package co-funded by SECO, NORAD, UNIDO, and the ONE UN Fund Viet Nam, the programme has been implemented since 2008 and recorded remarkable achievements. The average time to register a business was reduced significantly from 15 days in 2007 to 2.3 days in 2018 and registration fee was cut down to VND 100,000/dossier in 2018 (half of the fee in 2007). To date one consolidated procedure for both tax and business registration is in place. The single-point registration services are performed nationwide through the computerized National Business Registration System to ensure that the same level of service is delivered regardless of business location.

UNIDO FIA Working Paper: Fiscal incentives and enterprise performance

Date added: 07/02/2014
Downloads: 5649
UNIDO FIA Working Paper: Fiscal incentives and enterprise performance


The Working Paper "Fiscal incentives and enterprise performance: Evidence from the UNIDO Viet Nam Industry Investor Survey 2011" attempts to shed light on wether fiscal incentives support private direct investment in Viet Nam.  

Greening Value Chains: for sustainable handicrafts production in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/19/2013
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Greening Value Chains: for sustainable handicrafts production in Viet Nam

 Bamboo, rattan, seagrass and other raw materials used in handicrafts production are an important part of Viet Nam’s natural capital. These are valuable resources that need to be protected, harvested and utilized in a sustainable manner to ensure a vibrant crafts sector now and for future generations. The environmental impacts of crafts production by households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are often considered negligible given the scale of their operations, yet taking into account their sheer number, use of natural materials and limited capabilities, their production practices should also be appropriately addressed. Piecemeal interventions just at the production cultivation or stages, will only produce equally limited results. A comprehensive and integrated approach is needed to make green and clean-up the entire value chain, starting from raw materials collection, processing, crafts production and transportation, right up to final markets. Coordinated interventions to make green five value chains were supported in Viet Nam, respectively in the: bamboo and  rattan, seagrass, sericulture and silk, lacquerware and handmade paper sectors.

Business registration reform in Viet Nam: A situation analysis of the reform and of UNIDO support

Date added: 08/21/2012
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Business registration reform in Viet Nam: A situation analysis of the reform and of UNIDO support

Since the last two decades, the Government of Viet Nam undertook remarkable efforts to reform its business environment. The country is among the world’s fastest-growing economies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered key actors in Viet Nam’s socio-economic development.

As one of Viet Nam’s development partners, UNIDO has been working actively for already many years to support SME development initiatives undertaken by the country. UNIDO assistance covered various complementary and consecutive large-scale projects operating both at the central and provincial levels with funding from different donors.

This publication constitutes a situation analysis of the business registration reforms in Viet Nam and UNIDO’s assistance in this field within the context of the country’s initiatives for wider administrative and business environment reforms.

With funding from Norway, Switzerland, UNIDO’s own resources and the One UN Fund and building on prior policy advice, UNIDO assistance covers a comprehensive support package to assist Viet Nam in making the registration of businesses less cumbersome, less costly and thus more efficient. The initiative addresses obstacles faced by entrepreneurs in completing business, tax, statistics and seal registration requirements. It includes assistance to policy makers in the implementation of the Enterprise Law (2005) and in the preparation of subsequent policy decisions and legislation to simplify and standardize registration procedures and steps. Such reforms are not a simple stroke of the pen of the decision makers, and involve both legal and administrative changes that take time.

Energy and Resource Efficiency in the Vietnamese Steel Industry

Date added: 08/20/2012
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Energy and Resource Efficiency in the Vietnamese Steel Industry

This report summarizes the results of a study on energy and resource efficiency in the Electric Arc
Furnace (EAF) section of the Vietnamese steel industry, which was initiated by UNIDO with the support of the Vietnamese Steel Association. The mission was conducted in two Stages with one international and one national consultant. The first Stage included visits to six steel plants in early December 2010. The six plants, all based on EAF steelmaking, were chosen to provide a good cross-section of the industry with respect to geography, state and private ownership, age of facilities, scale of production and the level of technology. Preliminary findings were presented to a UNIDO-VSA Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (10 December). In the second Stage, the analysis was extended to include the remaining EAF plants based on visits to twelve plants during April and May 2011.

Data on the main inputs and outputs of steelmaking, casting and rolling were collected in a systematic way to calculate the energy used in production and to analyse factors such as technology, productivity, process stability, resource efficiency and scrap quality. The analysis included a broader Life Cycle view of energy efficiency as well as calculations of greenhouse gas emissions. Insights were able to be drawn by comparing performance between the Vietnamese plants and also by reference to global good practice standards.

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1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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