The central city of Da Nang has been asked to close the nation's largest casino for flouting regulations, local news website Vnexpress said Friday.
An instruction from the Prime Minister carried on the government website says Hoang Dat Silver Shores International Entertainment Co. can only reopen casino and hotel business after it adheres to conditions laid down in its project approval by the Ministry of Investment and Planning.
The company was operating more than the eight tables allowed in the casino, and had hired a lot of foreigners for manual work while Vietnam's Labor Code only allows businesses to hire foreigners for a certain time for high-tech jobs that Vietnamese personnel have yet to be trained for.
The investor had also begun operating the casino before completing the hotels and villas in the complex, which was also not permitted.
The Silver Shores International Resort, including a five-star hotel complex and the nation's largest casino, was launched last year. The joint venture between US-based Silver Shores and Hoang Dat of Hanoi began construction in 2006 with a budget of US$86 million.
The ministries of Finance, Public Security, Foreign Affairs, Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Culture, Sports and Tourism have been asked to supervise the company's operations and punish any further violations.
Vietnam only allows foreigners and people with foreign passports to gamble in casinos located in the country.