Online Enterprise Registration

Decree No. 78/2015/ND-CP on enterprise  registration (“Decree 78”) issued by the Government, guiding the 2014 Enterprise Law, replacing Decree No. 43/2010/ND-CP on enterprise registration and Decree No. 05/2013/ND-CP amending Decree No. 43/2010/ND-CP on administrative procedures will take effect on 01 November 2015.

Decree 78 stipulates procedures and guidance on dossiers of online enterprise registration, and also regulates the registration of operation of branches and representative offices, as well as notification of establishment of business locations by enterprises.

Individuals and organizations are now able to register their operation online, by using public digital signatures or business registration accounts to apply via the National portal of business registration.

Online enterprise registration dossier includes the same documents as required in the paper dossier, but all are converted into electronic form. An online application file for enterprise registration has equal legal value to a paper file application.

The process of public digital signature and a business registration account is undertaken in a similar sequence and procedure, including the following steps:

  • Step 1, input/ declare the information and implement other required procedures;
  • Step 2, receiving a confirmation email after completing the online application; and
  • Step 3, amending or supplementing the application file if such file is invalid; or receiving a notice via the internet regarding the issuance of Enterprise registration certificate, if the application satisfies all the conditions required.

However, a few more steps need to be conducted in the business registration account, such as registering for a business registration account, and lodging a paper application file enclosing the receipt for the online application with the Business Registration Office to compare with the list of contents with those in the file sent by email.

In general, Decree 78 is expected to create an effective, time-efficient and more transparent platform for enterprise registration; simultaneously supporting the Business Registration Office  to reduce the burdens in receiving and managing the files.

Comments: Perhaps we can specify what would be the costs/benefits of the online registration. It may be needless to say that this will lead to convenience for future investors to register their businesses online, however, what may come as disadvantages? The paper registration and electronic registration may hold the same legal value, however, will there be any interference in terms of file storage or is it all applicable regardless of the industries such businesses may engage in?

By Vietnam Law Insight

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