Regulation of lobbying

General

Is lobbying self-regulated by the industry, or is it regulated by the government, legislature or an independent regulator? What are the regulator’s powers?

Lobbying is not yet a common or recognised practice in Vietnam. Occasionally, some industrial associations, such as automobile associations, may carry out activities to influence regulations in their industries. However, no regulations on lobbying have been implemented by the government, regulators or industries. For this reason, the questions in this section are not applicable.

Definition

Is there a definition or other guidance as to what constitutes lobbying?

There is no definition available.

Registration and other disclosure

Is there voluntary or mandatory registration of lobbyists? How else is lobbying disclosed?

Not applicable.

Activities subject to disclosure or registration

What communications must be disclosed or registered?

Not applicable.

Entities and persons subject to lobbying rules

Which entities and persons are caught by the disclosure rules?

Not applicable.

Lobbyist details

What information must be registered or otherwise disclosed regarding lobbyists and the entities and persons they act for ? Who has responsibility for registering the information?

Not applicable.

Content of reports

When must reports on lobbying activities be submitted , and what must they include?

Not applicable.

Financing of the registration regime

How is the registration system funded?

Not applicable.

Public access to lobbying registers and reports

Is access to registry information and to reports available to the public?

Not applicable.

Code of conduct

Is there a code of conduct that applies to lobbyists and their practice?

Not applicable.

Media

Are there restrictions in broadcast and press regulation that limit commercial interests’ ability to use the media to influence public policy outcomes?

There are laws and regulations on the press and on publications, but they do not cover commercial interests’ ability to use the media to influence public policy outcomes. Also, in practice, the state keeps a strong hold on the media and the Ministry of Information and Communications may control the press and determine what is broadcast.