THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT has issued a decree creating more favourable conditions for the development of businesses operating in the field of science and technology.
Under the decree which takes effect from March 20, these businesses will enjoy preferential treatment such as corporate tax cuts and exemptions, cuts in land and water surface lease fees and credit incentives, the Government news portal baochinhphu.vn reported on Wednesday.
Scientific and technological businesses with income sourced from creating and selling products which result from scientific research and technological development will get corporate tax reduction and exemption the same as businesses with new investment projects in scientific research and technological development. Specifically, they will be exempted from corporate tax for four years and get a reduction of 50 per cent in the nine following years.
The decree also stipulates that scientific and technological businesses will be exempt from or get a cut in land and water surface lease fees.
Concerning credit incentives, the decree states that projects investing in products which result from businesses’ scientific research and technology development will be provided with State’s investment credit.
Science and technology businesses that carry out scientific and technological tasks and apply science and technology in production and trade will get financial support or credit with |preferential interest rates from the national fund for technological renewal and from the fund for scientific and technological development of the Ministry of Science and Technology and of relevant ministries, agencies and localities.
Businesses with feasible scientific and technological development projects will get loans with preferential interest rates from the national fund for technological renewal and from the fund for scientific and technological development of the Ministry of Science and Technology and of relevant ministries, agencies and localities or will be guaranteed to get loans from commercial banks.
Under the decree, scientific and technological businesses will also get import and export tax incentives for research and development.
These businesses will also get priority in using equipment at key national laboratories, State-owned scientific research and technology facilities and technology incubators.