|A view of a beach in Việt Nam. Foreign organisations and individuals conducting research in the country’s waters must be authorised by competent agencies. – VNA/VNS Photo |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The government has enforced Decree 41/2016/ND-CP regulating the authorisation for foreign organisations and individuals to conduct scientific research in Việt Nam’s territorial waters.
Under the decree, foreign organisations and individuals conducting research in the country’s waters must be authorised by competent agencies.
The time to conduct the research will be no more than two years and can be extended once for a maximum period of one year.
Of note, licences will not be granted in eight cases. Specifically, the first case in which authorisation will be refused is when research is conducted without the purpose of peace, can affect the country’s sovereignty, national defence activities and security, and violates Việt Nam’s laws.
The second case is when the organisation or individual affects Việt Nam’s investigation, research, exploitation and use of natural resources in the country’s waters.
The third case is when dynamites, poisonous chemicals and tools, which can harm people and the natural resources of Việt Nam, are used.
Research which requires construction on the sea will also be banned.
Research documents with unclear or incorrect information on the project will not be authorised.
The sixth case is when a party was licensed to conduct research but did not conduct it or began conducting the research but did not complete it.
The seventh banned case involves drilling on the sea bed.
The last case which will be banned involves organisations and individuals not joining hands with Việt Nam in research projects on the sea bed when the country requires assistance. -- VNS