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In brief

At the 20th working session, which began this morning (13 February 2023) and will conclude on 15 February 2023, the National Assembly Standing Committee of Vietnam (NASC) will consider and decide on a number of important issues, including, among others: the draft Law on Protection of Consumer Rights (amended) (“Draft Consumer Law“), the draft Law on Electronic Transactions (amended) (“Draft E-transaction Law“) and the draft Decree on Personal Data Protection (“Draft PDPD“).

Key Takeaways

Overview of the NASC working session

20th session is a monthly meeting of the NASC where a wide range of issues affecting Vietnam’s social and economic development will be addressed, such as giving comments/appraisals on several legislative projects, assigning portfolios and capital for the socio-economic recovery and development program, etc. This session is a prerequisite preparation for the forthcoming National Assembly (NA) plenary meeting period starting in May this year.

Draft PDPD

Notably, during this working session, the NASC will comment on and approve the promulgation of the PDPD – a rare Government legislative project having to seek the NASC’s approval. Once obtaining the NASC’s green light, the Government could finally issue the long-awaited Decree as early as March 2022.

Draft Consumer Law and Draft E-transaction Law

  • During this working session, the NASC will provide its appraising remarks on these two bills. The drafting agencies will then revise the drafts before submitting them to the NA for final approval (tentatively in May this year).
  • On a side note, a new version of the Draft Consumer Law was unveiled last week at a workshop held by the NA’s Committee of Science, Technology, and Environment. Meanwhile, the Draft E-transaction Law is still being revised by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

Hung Tran is the practice group leader of the Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Practice Groups of Vietnam offices. For years, he has been constantly ranked as a leading IP lawyer by numerous researchers such as Chambers Global and Chambers Asia.
He regularly writes articles concerning pressing legal issues in both English and Vietnamese, and his works have been published regularly in various reputable publications. He has assisted the government in reviewing and revising the IP Law, the IP provisions under the country’s criminal code, the draft e-Transaction Law, and the first draft Personal Data Protection Decree, etc.
He is also a respected presenter in the area of IP, Franchising, Data Privacy, and Entertainment Laws. In addition to authoring many publications, Mr. Tran has lectured at Waseda University School of Law (Japan), Vietnam-German University, Hanoi Law University, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Foreign Trade University, an international MBA Program (CFVG) and IP laws for the Professional Training School of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He used to serve as the Chairman of the Legal Committee of Hanoi American Chamber of Commerce.


Huyen Minh Nguyen is a Senior Associate in BMVN International LLC, Hanoi office.


Tuan Linh Nguyen is a Government Affairs Manager in in BMVN International LLC, Hanoi office.

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