Vietnam Will Cut Down on Gaming Red Tape

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Vietnam's Ministry of Finance is looking to cut down on bureaucracy within the country, which could help create a boom in the gambling industry there.

The Ministry said that it was looking into reducing red tape to enhance the efficiency with which processes are handled within the country. The department is looking at getting rid of about 51.4% of the business commissions it handles, and would also look to amend decrees in the insurance, customs, accounting, securities, and gaming sectors.

If gaming red tape was cut down, it could have a healthy effect on casinos, lotteries, and sportsbooks in the country. The country recently approved of betting on sporting events and approved its first new casino license in over a decade. That license went to the Laguna Lăng Cô resort, which opened five years ago. The casino area is expected to open sometime in 2022. Last year the country also opted to allow their citizens the ability to gamble during a three year trial period. Previously, betting was only open to tourists.

Vietnam has 38 casinos currently within its borders, with Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) hosting 10, while Hanoi has 8. The country has more than 90 million people in it and is experiencing a boom in its economy as it becomes a source for cheap labor and investment.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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24 August 2018 - 3:33pm

Last year the country also opted to allow their citizens the ability to gamble during a three year trial period.

First time that I hear of something like that...sounds weird really...

But if the Viatnamese government implement all these changes and they cut all the unnecessary taxes and stimulate the operators and generally make it easier the whole process of course, otherwise there's nice perspectives for the business as the locals seems to be keen to do all that.