Regarding to the registration and management of operation of International non-governmental organizations in Vietnam

Published on 05 - 09 - 2022
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On August 31, 2022, the Government issued the Decree No. 58/2022/ND-CP on the registration and management of operation of International non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.

Accordingly, a foreign non-governmental organization may be granted an operation registration certificate if it meets the following conditions: Having a valid legal status under the laws of the country or territory where it is established; having clear charters, principles and operational purposes, suitable to Vietnam's interests and needs; having specific proposals on tentative programs, projects and non-projects for the development assistance and humanitarian aid in Vietnam for 3 years; having a proposal for a representative in Vietnam.

In addition, foreign non-governmental organizations are prohibited from: To organize, conduct, participate in, sponsor religious activities and other activities incompatible with national interests, violating the law, infringing on national defense, security and social order and safety of Vietnam. To organize, perform, participate in the activities for profit-making purposes, not for the purpose of development support or humanitarian aid. To fund the activities against, overthrowing governments in other countries, terrorist organizations and terrorist activities. To organize, engage in, sponsor money laundering or the activities related to money laundering. To organize, participate in, sponsor other activities contrary to social ethics, customs, traditions, national cultural identity and undermining the great national unity bloc of Vietnam.

The Decree also stipulates that a foreign non-governmental organization may be granted a representative office registration certificate when it meets the following conditions: Having legal status in accordance with the laws of the country or territory where it is established. There are clear charters, principles, and operational purposes in line with Vietnam's interests and needs. It has a commitment to long-term operation in Vietnam and detailed statistics of programs and projects that are implemented in Vietnam for at least 5 years in one or more localities where the scale and nature of the program or project that requires regular, on-site operation and supervision. There is a proposal for the Head of Representative Office in Vietnam.

The operation registration certificate is valid for not more than 03 years from the date of issuance. A representative office registration certificate is valid for not more than 5 years from the date of issuance. The term of the registration certificate shall not exceed the time limit for operation registration of the foreign non-governmental organization according to the law of the place of establishment.

This Decree takes effect from November 1, 2022 and replaces the Decree No. 12/2012/ND-CP dated March 1, 2012 of the Government on the registration and operation management of International non-governmental organizations.

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