VN to facilitate sharing economy

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 08:00

A peer-to-peer lending app. The sharing economy will become more prominent in the future but it is necessary to have a proper management framework. — File Photo

Viet Nam will create conditions for the development of a sharing economy, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said at a recent conference about the compilation of a sharing economy model.

“The approach is to facilitate the development of a sharing economy, not to let it develop freely or ban it,” Hue said.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, a sharing economy is a new business model which takes advantage of technology to reduce costs and reach customers through digital platforms, and will be the trend of the future.

The sharing economy model has developed in recent years around six major sectors, including transportation, room sharing, e-commerce, employment, financial services and online advertising.

The ministry said that more sectors would witness the introduction of sharing economy business models.

Viet Nam has witnessed these developments with models like Grab in the transportation sector, peer-to-peer lending in the banking sector, condotels and officetels in the tourism and construction sector and e-commerce.

The planning and investment ministry said that promoting the development of a sharing economy together with a proper framework for management would help improve budget revenue, enhance resource efficiency, encourage innovation and offer abundant choices for customers.

Still, the ministry admitted that managing new business models arising from the sharing economy remained a challenge, especially in tax management.

The ministry said that different countries had different approaches to manage the sharing economy. However, international experiences showed that there was no a general law regulating all matters of the sharing economy but regulations would be created for different sectors of the sharing economy.

Agreeing with this point, Hue said that Viet Nam would develop specific regulations for specific sectors of the sharing economy, adding that developing just a single law would be impossible because sharing economy business models were changing too rapidly.

Hue noted that developing a management framework for sharing economy business models would not be easy. For example, peer-to-peer lending could be distorted into usury, he said, urging State management agencies to prepare for that.

Hue also asked relevant ministries to improve the legal framework on employment and tax management together with evaluating the impacts of the sharing economy on socio-economic issues.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy said that technology was developing and the sharing economy business models would become more diverse.

Duy said that it was crucial to create regulations to manage already-formed sharing economy business models like ride-hailing services and peer-to-peer lending.

Director of the State Bank of Viet Nam’s Payment Department Pham Tien Dung said that a proper management framework was needed to facilitate tax collection.

Dung said that the central bank was compiling a pilot project on peer-to-peer lending.

The Ministry of Transport was also developing a decree to regulate the operation of cars booked via ride-haling apps to crate a fair playground for the passenger transportation market.

The Government issued Resolution No 13/NQ-CP dated February 8, 2018 to assign the Ministry of Planning and Investment to develop the sharing economy project. — VNS

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