Burning question: Uber and Grab’s legal status

The Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) has requested the Politburo’sResolution regarding judicial reform strategy until 2020 to be fully putin place, in which member lawyers’ role in building a State of the ruleof law comes into prominence. It made the call while holding aworking session with the Party Central Committee’s Commission forInternal Affairs in Hanoi on April 7. Currently, there areover 8,400 lawyers working across all 63 cities and provinces, with themajority in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Between 2009 and 2013, theydefended more than 51,000 criminal cases, over 5,000 economic and 3,200administrative cases. Over 40 professional training courses held…... [read more]

Vietnam has 300 social enterprises, many of which operate indifficulties. About 50 social enterprises are established every year,said Luu Minh Duc of the Central Institute for Economic Management(CIEM) on November 12, adding that without sufficient State support,most of them cannot exist on their own profits. There is no overarching definition of social enterprises, and many ofthem vary from one locality to another, with different perspectives.According to Duc, they are generally defined asenterprises that pursue the objectives of social development andenvironmental protection. They have different legal forms, depending oncountries, such as NGOs, charity organisations, co-operatives andprivate firms. Many social enterprises lack…... [read more]

Photo: VGP/Hai Minh Accordingly, Viet Nam officially confirmed the legal status of the PCA in Viet Nam, allowing the PCA to launch peaceful measures on international conflicts and provide suitable assistance for inter-governmental organizations and entities in Viet Nam.These two documents are expected to boost up the cooperation between the two sides, especially in terms of information exchange, training and consultancy.Mr. Hugo Hans Siblesz revealed that the signing of these two documents will help Viet Nam get access to arbitration procedures, enhance the respect of law and contribute to dealing with regional conflicts.The PCA, an inter-governmental organization with 115 members,…... [read more]

Uber purportedly paid data thieves US$100,000 to destroy the swiped information - and remained quiet about the breach for a year.That decision evidently came despite a promise by the firm to "adopt leading data security protection practices" in a settlement with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman.Schneiderman and his counterpart in Connecticut, George Jepsen, on Wednesday told AFP that Uber is the target of probes in their states over the hidden hack."None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it," Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the company in August, said Tuesday.Two…... [read more]

A Facebook user has stirred debate about the rampant use of fake education certification in Vietnam after burning his two exam certificates.Dinh Thanh Hung triggered online debate after sharing that he had burnt two certificates he had received from Japan. "Today I received the JLPT N1 certificate, (the required certificate for medical practitioners licensed overseas who want to take Japan's national exams) I got 177 points. That must have been really good in Vietnam. Decided to burn it," Hung wrote on his Facebook. "Then I remembered I was awarded a certificate after becoming the valedictorian of the examination for Japanese…... [read more]

A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called "bug bounty" program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events have told Reuters. Uber announced on Nov. 21 that the personal data of 57 million users, including 600,000 drivers in the United States, were stolen in a breach that occurred in October 2016, and that it paid the hacker $100,000 to destroy the information. But the company did not reveal any information about the hacker…... [read more]

This was announced by Le Dinh Tho, Deputy Minister of Transport, at the meeting reviewing the implementation of the two-year pilot programme of ride-hailing services via technology application, organised on December 19 in Hanoi, according to newswire Vnexpress. Tho said that during the past two years, Uber and Grab have expanded the transport market by bringing a larger variety of choices for customers. Besides, Uber and Grab’s appearance created competition with traditional taxi brands, forcing traditional taxi companies to adjust fares as well as improve service quality. However, Tho stated that the authorities’ management of Uber and Grab is still…... [read more]

Both Uber and Grab Taxi have reported losses, with Grab Taxi incurring VND938bn (USD41.3m) in losses due to too much promotion, discount programmes and subsidies to drivers. illustrative photo At a press conference on October 27, Dang Duy Khanh, deputy inspector of the General Department of Taxation, said Grab Taxi has earned VND1.7trn (USD74.8m) from 2014 to 2016 and paid VND9.5bn in taxes. After the inspection, HCM City Department of Taxation has collected nearly VND2.3bn in tax arrears.Grab has VND20bn (USD880,000) in chartered capital but in the report, Grab announced that it had incurred VND938bn in losses due to too…... [read more]

After a long legal back-and-forth between policymakers and Uber, the popular ride-sharing service has now officially been ordered to adhere to new rules that require it to declare and pay taxes in Vietnam. Under the regulations introduced by the Ministry of Finance, Uber International Services Holding B.V. must pay a value added tax rate of 3 percent on its revenue and a 2-percent corporate income tax. The unit, based in the Netherlands, is responsible for the service in Vietnam. It has been accused of providing transport services in Vietnam without paying taxes for two years. Uber is also required to…... [read more]

Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, has paid VND241 million ($10,667) in taxes to Vietnam for the first time, after being accused of tax evasion over the past two years and forcing local authorities to take tough actions recently. The company is working on procedures to pay more taxes, the Vietnam Television news site reported Thursday, quoting a tax official from the Ministry of Finance. Following a prolonged legal back-and-forth, the finance ministry in a recent regulation ordered Uber International Services Holding B.V. to pay a value added tax rate of 3 percent on its revenue and a 2-percent corporate income…... [read more]