|Tran Tien Dung, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). — Photo nld
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam's recent victory in a legal dispute with a French investor that was taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is significant, but steps should be taken to avoid such conflicts, a senior official said on Wednesday.
Tran Tien Dung, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), was speaking at a conference held to review the justice sector's activities in the last quarter of 2014.
In the case against the Vietnamese Government filed by DialAsie, a French-invested hospital in HCM City, the ICJ recently ruled that there was no breach of the Viet Nam–France Agreement on Encouragement and Protection of Investment.
There was also no violation of international investment law in the decision taken by the HCM City administration to suspend the hospital, the court ruled.
The DialAsie Hospital of Nephrology and Dialysis project were suspended by the HCM City People's Committee in 2006 after it ran up huge debts and became embroiled in a rental dispute with its landlord.
DialAsie sued the Government at the ICJ in Hague in 2011.
"This verdict has significant meaning for the country and the Justice sector, considering the numerous international legal disputes that Viet Nam is currently involved in," Dung said.
Vu Thi Huong, a representative from the International Law Department said all localities and agencies must improve their knowledge of international investment laws and legal practices to avoid costly and time-consuming conflicts with foreign investors.
Greater understanding of and compliance with international laws and norms was of crucial importance in a globalised world, and would help reduce the number of legal disputes, Huong said.
She said a warning system will be established to help early detection and resolution of potential conflicts in foreign investment.
Other key operations in the assessment and promulgation of legal documents were also discussed at the conference as were administrative reforms and civil status registration.
The MoJ reported that 4,408 birth certificates, 722 death certificates and 13,786 marriage certificates were issued to foreigners in 2014.
Administrative reforms saw 203 procedures simplified, the conference heard. Furthermore, the Justice Ministry proposed the elimination of 217 procedures and modifications to 654 others.
Greater IT applications effectively assisted the ministry in handling and processing legal requests from citizens and foreigners in Viet Nam, the conference heard.
The MoJ's National Registration Agency for Secured Transactions recorded 89,961 online registration and information requests from January to November 2014, a year-on-year increase of 47.4 per cent.
The ministry lauded the public and the media for helping the Government identify and remove a number of impractical laws and regulations. — VNS