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  • Ensuring healthy business competition

    Vietnam News, April 06, 2011

    Co-operation between the Government’s Competition Authority and regulatory bodies in sectors needs to be promoted to ensure a healthy competitive business environment in Viet Nam, says Vu Ba Phu, vice head of the Viet Nam Competition Authority (VCA).

    Attending a seminar org-anised yesterday by the Industry and Trade Ministry’s VCA and Swiss Competition Commission, Phu said that although Viet Nam’s Competition Law was passed in 2004 and took effect one year later, firms, as competitors, were still confused which institutions they should go to when they met competition-related issues.
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  • Challenges and impacts of unfair trade practices in ASEAN

    VOVNews, March 11th, 2011

    This is the major theme of a conference held in Hanoi on March 11 by the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) Hanoi Resource Centre in collaboration with the Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

    With the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, the conference aimed to launch a two-year project entitled “Study on Unfair Trade Practices in select ASEAN countries”, from 2011-2013.
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  • Evidence first defense against unfair firms: consumer group

    Thanh Nien Daily, November 24, 2008

    Local buyers need to collect evidence and officially report their complaints if they want to challenge businesses that rip people off, said consumer advocates.

    General secretary of the Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association Do Gia Phan said local consumers have rights, they’re just unaware of them.

    The group’s deputy chairman Ho Tat Thang said his association can file lawsuits against companies that employ unfair practices.
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  • ASEAN insists on fair competition

    Viet Nam News, August 14, 2007

    HA NOI — Competition law is one of the most important policies that provides a foundation for any market economy. A robust framework for competitive trading is essential if a fair business environment is to be maintained and economic efficiency improved.

    Customer protection and satisfaction also has to be at the heart of any competition law.

    These points were outlined by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Bui Xuan Khu who spoke at an international conference titled “Building an Effective Regional Competition Institution” in Ha Noi yesterday.
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  • CUTS Opens in Vietnam

    Global Competition Review, January 10, 2007

    Consumer Unity and Trust Society International, CUTS, the consumer and competition advocacy group is opening in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    The new office will be CUTS’s fourth branch outside its home in Jaipur, India. The other offices are in Zambia, Kenya and London. The office’s mission is to promote economic development through trade and competition-based policies.

    Secretary General of CUTS International, Pradeep Mehta emphasises that: “Competition law and policy and trade liberalization tread twin paths, and so cannot be divorced from each other.”
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  • CUTS Intl to open office in Vietnam

    The Hindu Business Line, January 04, 2007

    CUTS International, a Jaipur-based research and advocacy non-profit organisation, is opening its fourth overseas centre in Hanoi, Vietnam this month.

    Among its other overseas centres, the first one was established in Lusaka in Zambia in 2000, followed by Nairobi, Kenya in 2002 and London, UK in 2003. The purpose of these offices is to promote trilateral development cooperation on a range of trade and economic policy issues. These offices also network with many NGO’s in the region other than Government agencies.

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