The new obligation of foreign direct investment enterprises (“FDIE”) to use a national information system of offshore investment (“System”)
After five years from the original approval date of the plan for information technology application in activities of competent authorities in period of 2009 – 2010, on 29 January 2015 the Ministry of Planning and Investment promulgated Official Letter No. 579/BKHDT-DTNN, it is time for official application of operation of the System. As such, from 01 March 2015, all FDIE within Vietnam are obliged to use the System to declare certain information prior to submitting hard copies of the dossiers on request of investment certificate issuance. The FDIE must also submit a report of their projects via the System.
More specifically, prior to submitting hard copies dossiers to the investment certificate issuing body, the investor must register information relating to the dossier, the investor, the enterprise and the project in form as provided at the link:
Once registration is successfully completed, the investor shall obtain a registration code. In order to complete procedure for request of investment certificate issuance, the investor is obligated to submit certificate issuing body such registration code accompanied with the hard copy dossier as provided by laws within 48 hours from the moment the registration code is provided to the investor. After the aforementioned time limitation, the registration code shall be automatically cancelled.
In addition, the FDIE shall be provided with an account to submit its online report of the project. The report form is available at this link:
The FDIE then must accordingly submit report of project on a monthly basis (on 18th of each month), a quarterly basis (in the last month of each quarter) and finally on an annual basis.
It is believed that the System is a useful data source about all the FDIE in Vietnam.
By Vietnam Law Insight, LNT & Partners
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