The ministry is working on a draft decree on the management of e-commerce websites and mobile apps to reduce shortcomings in the management of new online businesses.
by Linh Chi
- Mobile e-commerce growing rapidly
- Annual e-commerce growth to reach 30-50%
- Government sets targets for e-commerce in 2016-2020
According to a plan mapped out by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), a list of e-commerce websites and mobile applications that violate laws and regulations on online trading will be published.
The details of individuals and organizations who own the websites in question will also be made public.
Mr. Dang Hoang Hai, Director of the ministry’s Vietnam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agency, was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that there are now new ways of doing business online and that social media usage has been rapidly increasing over the past few years.
Because of this, the ministry is building a draft decree on the management of e-commerce websites and mobile apps to reduce shortcomings in the management of new online businesses.
According to Mr. Dang Hoang Hai, Decree 52/2013/ND-CP stipulates regulations relating to e-commerce transactions. However, reports from the ministry’s departments have shown that the decree has a number of shortcomings and requires e-commerce websites to register with the ministry.
These websites are those that are partially or wholly involved in activities such as the purchasing and selling of goods or services, displaying and introducing goods or services to contract commitment and service provision, and payment and after-sales services.
Almost all websites that sell and market goods and services on the internet are considered as e-commerce websites and must be registered or notified to the ministry as prescribed by the law.
The draft decree also stipulates that organizations and individuals using e-commerce websites and mobile apps are not allowed to trade hunting rifles and shotguns, sports weapons, cigarettes, cigars and other finished tobacco products, alcohol, and rare wildlife. They have to remove prohibited products from their e-commerce websites.
In addition, owners of e-commerce websites are required to have technical solutions to prevent and remove information related to counterfeit goods, smuggled goods, or products and services violating intellectual property rights.
- e-commerce rules