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Asia: How to Set Up a Representative Office in Vietnam

A Representative Office (RO) offers a low-cost entry for companies seeking to gain a better understanding of the Vietnamese market. As such, this option is among the most common for first-time entrants to the Vietnamese market and often precedes a larger presence within the country, according to an article from ASEAN Briefing.


ROs are permitted to engage in the following activities: conducting market research; acting as a liaison office for its parent company; promoting the activities of its head office through meetings, and other activities, that leads to a business at later stages.


Representatives offices are dependent on their parent company and are not allowed to generate their profits or enter directly into contracts. They are also not allowed to issue invoices.


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