A majority of National Assembly deputies agreed that a law on advertising was a necessity when the issue was raised at the second session of the 13th Standing Committee yesterday, Sep 26. The discussion of the draft law opened a six-day session of the committee. In the meeting chaired by NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, deputies heard Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh present the draft law on advertising. Anh said the Ordinance on Advertising, issued in 2001, had obvious shortcomings despite its positive impact on the advertising sector and the country’s social-economic development. Some regulations in the Ordinance did not fit with the realities of the current business climate and were not in line with Viet Nam’s commitments to the World Trade Organisation. Chairman of the NA Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children Dao Trong Thi said the regulations were not specific enough and did not address newer forms of advertising, such as telecom networks and electronic equipment. Besides, advertising regulations were spread between the Ordinance and other documents such as the Laws on Competitiveness, Construction and Food Security. Thi said this fractured policy led to difficulties in managing advertising at the local and State…
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