Joining the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic
Communications in International Contracts (ECC) is urgent for Vietnam in
the context of the country’s growing international economic integration
and digitisation, said experts at a workshop in Hanoi on April 11.
The workshop focused on the UN Convention and Vietnam ’s
participation. It was jointly organised by the European Trade Policy and
Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP) and the Vietnam E-Commerce
and Information Technology Agency.
Director of the
agency Tran Huu Linh said the ECC, approved by the UN General Assembly
in 2005, aims at facilitating the use of electronic communications in
international trade by assuring that contracts concluded and other
communications exchanged electronically are as valid and enforceable as
their traditional paper-based equivalents.
presented contents of the convention and reviewed Vietnam ’s
participation in other international commerce ones. They also discussed
impacts on Vietnamese businesses from the country’s joining the ECC and
the compatibility between the convention and domestic laws.
Lai Thu Huong from the Legal Affairs Department under the Ministry of
Industry and Trade said once joining the convention, disputes arisen in
choosing laws applied for electronic contracts will be minimised while
the amending of laws on the field will be promoted.
However, Vietnam may face some certain difficulties due to
differences in domestic and international laws, and the workforce
quality, she noted.
At the workshop, participants
suggested the country soon complete procedures to join the convention
and gear up to implement it.-VNA