Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has released a directive requiring ministries and relevant agencies to tighten State management of multi-level marketing (MLM) activities.
The directive aims to ensure social security and people’s rights while facilitating MLM companies’ ability to operate under a legal framework.
The PM instructs the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice and relevant agencies, to review regulations that do not fit the current reality in multi-level marketing management.
Accordingly, the MoIT is required to uncover and strictly punish violations by multi-level marketing firms operating without business licences. The ministry will investigate, check and resolve violations by marketing companies with products beyond their granted business licences.
Check-ups ensuring the businesses’ food safety, promotions, advertisements and conferences will also be enhanced.
In addition, the ministry instructs market management departments to define goods’ origins, especially those that are domestically produced.
The Ministry of Police should quickly investigate and strictly punish organisations and individuals taking advantage of MLM committing tax evasion, commercial fraud, smuggling, counterfeiting, manufacturing poor quality products and illegal financial mobilisation nationwide.
The PM also asked the MoJ to co-operate with relevant agencies to study and propose supplemental criminal punishments for firms using multi-level marketing for illegal trading activities.
The Ministry of Health will investigate the production, processing, transport, import and export of food and cosmetics products of these companies.
The Ministry of Finance is required to quickly publish exact information on tax investigation results and check-ups on multi-level marketing businesses nationwide.
The Ministry of Science and Technology will be in charge of resolving violations of measurements, product quality and intellectual property rights of MLM companies.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will investigate and prevent violations of production, packaging, imports and advertisements - especially fertilisers.
The State Bank of Việt Nam has instructed credit institutions to follow regulations on deposit management of multi-level marketing companies according to a decree published on May 14, 2014. The institutions are required to quickly freeze businesses’ accounts to facilitate investigations and withdraw the assets of violated firms.
The PM asked provincial People’s Committees to enhance management and investigate violations, while organising training courses to popularise legal regulations on multi-level marketing. – VNS
The Department of Competition Management under the Ministry of Industry and Trade will give fines for violations by multi-level marketing firms, including the Absonutrix Việt Nam Joint Stock Company and Global Trade and Investment Corporation.
The Absonutrix Việt Nam Joint Stock Company in HCM City was fined VND350 million for failure to submit financial reports. The company required customers to buy a certain amount of goods to join their multi-level marketing network.
The department also revoked the Global Trade and Investment Corporation’s business registration licence and withdrew its deposits.
The ministry will also terminate operation of Thăng Long Franchise Company Limited in Hà Nội, while requiring them to complete duties for people participating in the company’s multi-level marketing network. -- VNS