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Vietnam moves to ease foreign investment in stock market



The Vietnam State Securities Commission (SSC) is taking significant steps to enhance the stock market by addressing foreign institutional investors’ barriers. The Finance Ministry is drafting legal amendments aimed at aligning with international standards, simplifying pre-funding arrangements, and improving information accessibility. The SSC’s initiative, which follows discussions with FTSE Russell and the World Bank, proposes allowing securities firms to provide services to foreign investors without upfront full payment, requiring funds only before transaction confirmation. This approach, aimed exclusively at foreign institutional investors, seeks to level the playing field with domestic investors and attract more foreign capital. Additionally, to tackle the issue of information accessibility, a plan is set to require English disclosures from listed companies, phased in from 2025 to 2028, enhancing transparency for international investors.

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