PM orders all assistance to riot-hit foreign companies

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed relevant central and local authorities to do everything to help violence-hit companies carry out repairs to their premises and resume work.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai (black) visits a riot-hit company in Vung Ang Economic Zone, Ha Tinh Province, May 19 (Photo: SGGP)

People’s committees in provinces where the violence occurred should dispatch officials to every affected company for an assessment, he said.

They should immediately set up a committee to receive and resolve all complaints and help businesses to assess their losses, he said.

The Ministry of Finance should defer their tax payment deadlines by up to two years based on the damages and customs agencies should exempt or reduce tariffs on damaged goods and allow exports and imports even for firms that owe taxes, he said.

He said tax agencies should reduce or refund value added tax on goods that were damaged but not insured and guide them in making the goods tax-deductible.

Violence-affected companies will get a maximum reduction of 30 percent in special consumption tax this year.

Dung urged province people’s committees to waive or reduce the rent for affected companies.

PM ordered the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to provide them with human resources to make up the manpower shortage, and the Ministry of Public Security to facilitate visas for foreigners coming to work for them.

He also ordered a lowering of qualificaions for foreign experts to a bachelor’s degree and five years’ experience and issuance of work permits to foreigners living in Vietnam for at least six months without demanding criminal records from their home countries.

Workers at affected companies that are unable to resume work or pay salaries from April to June would be entitled to unemployment insurance, he said.

By Phan Thao – Translated by Hai Mien

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