THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
Hanoi, April 12, 2018
On development of rural trades
Pursuant to the June 19, 2015 Law on Organization of the Government;
At the proposal of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development;
The Government promulgates the Decree on development of rural trades.
Article 1. Scope of regulation
This Decree prescribes a number of contents and policies on development of rural trades and craft villages.
Article 2. Subjects of application
1. Domestic and foreign organizations and individuals directly investing in the development of production, business and service activities related to rural trades (below collectively referred to as rural trade establishments), including small- and medium-sized enterprises, cooperatives, cooperative groups, and households operating in accordance with law.
2. Traditional crafts, craft villages, and traditional craft villages recognized under decisions of People’s Committees of provinces or centrally run cities (below collectively referred to as provincial-level People’s Committees).
3. Organizations and individuals involved in the management of rural trades (at central and local levels).
Article 3. Interpretation of terms
In this Decree, the terms below are construed as follows:
1. Traditional craft means an age-old craft which creates unique and specific products handed down and developed until now or in danger of fading away or being lost.
2. Craft village means one or more than one hamlet-level residential cluster or similar residential spot engaged in rural trade activities prescribed in Article 4 of this Decree.
3. Traditional craft village means a craft village having an old-age traditional craft.
Article 4. Rural trade activities
Rural trade activities prescribed in this Decree include:
1. Processing and preserving agricultural, forest and aquatic products.
2. Producing fine-art handicrafts.
3. Processing materials serving rural trade production.
4. Producing timber, rattan and bamboo, ceramic and porcelain, glass, textile and garment, fiber, embroidery, knitwear, and small mechanical engineering products.
5. Producing and trading in ornamental creatures.
6. Making salt.
7. Providing services for production and life of rural inhabitants.
RECOGNITION OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS, CRAFT VILLAGES AND TRADITIONAL CRAFT VILLAGES
Article 5. Criteria for recognition of traditional crafts, craft villages and traditional craft villages
1. Criteria for recognition of traditional crafts, craft villages and traditional craft villages shall be applied to those prescribed in Clause 2, Article 2 that are engaged in rural trade activities specified in Article 4 of this Decree and to related organizations and individuals.
2. Criteria for recognition of traditional crafts
A craft shall be recognized as a traditional one when it fully satisfies the following 3 criteria:
a/ Having existed in the locality for over 50 years and still developed by the time of request for recognition;
b/ Creating products bearing the nation’s cultural identity;
c/ Being associated with the name(s) of one or more than one artisan or with the name of a certain craft village.
3. Criteria for recognition of a craft village
To be recognized, a craft village must fully satisfy the following 3 criteria:
a/ Having at least 20% of the total households in the village participating in one or more of the rural trade activities prescribed in Article 4 of this Decree;
b/ Having carried out production and business activities stably for at least 2 consecutive years counting to the time of request for recognition;
c/ Satisfying the law-prescribed environmental protection conditions in craft villages.
4. Criteria for recognition of a traditional craft village
A traditional craft village must satisfy the criteria on a craft village prescribed in Clause 3 of this Article and have at least one traditional craft specified in Clause 2 of this Article.
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