THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No.20/2005/CT-TTg
Hanoi, June 09, 2005
 
DIRECTIVE
ON TAKING INITIATIVE IN FOREIGN TRADE LAWSUIT PREVENTION AND COMBAT
Trade lawsuits are quite common in international trade practice. As our country is constantly expanding economic-commercial relations with foreign countries and intensively integrating in the international economy, we are facing many acts of trade protection and foreign trade lawsuits such as those on dumping, anti-subsidy or application of countervailing measures as well as lawsuits initiated by foreign enterprises.
This situation has prompted an urgent requirement that coordinated and effective measures be taken to prevent and combat such trade lawsuits and to protect interests of the State and enterprises. For that purpose, the ministries, branches, localities and enterprises should perform the following tasks and measures:
I. A NUMBER OF MAJOR PRINCIPLES IN FOREIGN TRADE LAWSUIT PREVENTION AND COMBAT
1. Taking initiative in trade lawsuit prevention and combat should be considered the first and foremost requirement.
2. When a lawsuit is initiated, to actively take necessary measures to handle it along the direction of minimizing negative impacts on domestic production branches and enterprises.
firmly grasp and well apply provisions of international law as well as laws of the concerned countries and our country.
4. Apart from handling legal aspects of such lawsuits, to simultaneously apply other measures, including lobbying activities, association with defendants and importing enterprises, as well as public opinions.
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