July 15, 2010
Vietnam -- New Association Regulations Promulgated
The revised Decree 45 (2010) on the Organization, Activities, and Management of Associations, was promulgated on April 21, 2010, and took effect on July 1, 2010. The new Decree governs the registration, operations, and activities of associations at national, provincial, municipal, and sub-provincial levels. As explained by Mark Sidel in a recent article on the subject in the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, by issuing the regulation the Ministry of Home Affairs responded to calls from government regulators and the associations themselves for a more detailed regulatory document. The World Bank and other donors also requested that the associations serving as their grantees have access to better and clearer regulations. Some procedures have been changed from Decree 88 (2003), but procedures remain extremely complicated and make it difficult for the associations to actually become registered. Such requirements include a pre-registration process involving the creation of a board to apply for registration.
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