NOTICE ON ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS/ MEDIATION PROCESSES AT VIAC/VMC DURING THE COVID-19 PERIOD
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is in danger of improvising the complex, it is still complicated with the number of new cases continuing to increase with the recognition of the new variation of the virus that is likely to spread faster and more dangerous, the Vietnamese Government has strengthened the implementation of measures to prevent and control epidemics in order to ensure the people's health and to facilitate the implementation of socio-economic development objectives.
In order to comprehensively implement the directions of the Government in exercising safety measures and minimizing risks of disease transmission; and at the same time, to ensure prompt proceedings of your dispute resolution to avoid any potential effects to your legitimate arbitral rights, we kindly ask you to consider and being noted of the following:
(1) The operation time of VIAC’s head office and VIAC HCMC branch is kept as normal without disruption, from 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM, every weekday.
(2) All communications and circulation of documents are highly recommended to be via phone, email, postal delivery, and other possible/available means of non-face-to-face communication.
(3) VIAC encourages the parties to be content with non-physical hearings/meeting (i.e. preliminary meeting) by means of tele-conference and/or video-conference. In the event of no mutual consent reached by parties regarding online oral hearings, the oral hearings shall be conducted in person and strictly followed the regulations on hygiene and epidemiology.
VIAC would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation and wish you health and safe business.Kind regards.