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On 4 March 2024, the State Bank of Vietnam released a new draft decree (“Draft Decree”) on the regulatory sandbox for the banking sector in Vietnam. The Draft Decree proposes a comprehensive framework for a regulatory sandbox program applicable to fintech solutions by detailing, among others, eligible solutions, eligibility criteria for service providers, and requirements for participation.

Excerpt: Vietnam has acknowledged the importance of hydrogen and recently made initial steps in the regulatory formulation for the development of hydrogen. Together with the recently approved national power development master plan (PDP8) and its implementation plan as well as the national overall master plan for energy, on 7 February 2024, the Prime Minister of Vietnam issued Decision No. 165/QD-TTg approving the national strategy for the development of hydrogen to 2030, with a vision to 2045 (“Hydrogen Strategy”). The Hydrogen Strategy lays the preliminary foundation for the development of hydrogen in the upcoming period by officially setting out the viewpoints, goals, directions, and the relevant implementation tasks and measures. Accordingly, this marks a significant step in Vietnam’s transition to green energy, focusing on new and clean energy sources (including hydrogen).

Excerpt: On 12 March 2024, the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam released for public comment a draft new circular, which if adopted would take effect from 1 July 2024 and would replace Circular No. 45/2018/TT-BCT dated 15 November 2018 regulating the operation of the Vietnam Wholesale Electricity Market.

The New Bidding Law took effect on 1 January 2024. To facilitate the implementation of this New Bidding Law, effective from 27 February 2024, the Government of Vietnam issued Decree No. 23/2024/ND-CP elaborating on the regulations of the New Bidding Law in terms of bidding for the selection of investors for projects that are subject to the bidding process under the regulations of specialized sectors.

The implementation of the new Law on Telecommunications, effective on 1 July 2024, requires a decree from the government to provide guidance and further details on various issues. On 2 February 2024, the Ministry of Information and Communications published a draft version of the decree guiding the New Telecom Law to collect public comments. The deadline for public comments is 2 April 2024.

The terms “data” and “digital data” have prominently surfaced in the discussions of policymakers and policy advocates. The year 2024 may signify the start of a comprehensive transformation in the data policy landscape in Vietnam, with the proposals of several key laws.

Among other renewable power sources, rooftop solar (RTS) power has increasingly become an important power supply source in Vietnam in recent years. However, the implementation of the PDP8 demands some changes to policies and regulations on the development of RTS power. In this update, we provide an overview of the RTS power development in Vietnam from a regulatory and legal perspective, along with an analysis of key legal considerations for the development of new RTS power projects in Vietnam.

On 18 January 2024, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed the new Law No. 32/2024/QH15 on Credit Institutions (“New Law”) at the fifth extraordinary meeting of the National Assembly. The New Law will have a major impact on the development of the banking sector in Vietnam.

The New Law will come into effect and replace the Current Law from 1 July 2024, except for the provisions on enforcement of security over real estate, which will take effect from 1 January 2025, and certain transitional provisions regarding the operation of credit institutions.

On 24 November 2023, the National Assembly officially approved the new Law on Telecommunications (“New Telecom Law”). This new law will soon supersede the existing 2009 Law on Telecommunications, which has been effective since 2010. The New Telecom Law will take effect on 1 July 2024, but its notable provisions regulating over-the-top (OTT) communications, data center (DC), and cloud computing (“Cloud”) services will take effect six months later, on 1 January 2025.