The Ministry of Finance in Vietnam is reported to have submitted a plan to the government asking for an extension of a pilot programme that would permit locals to gamble until 2024.
The proposal also includes the provision of two new casinos. It was first suggested in March, but local press reports suggest that the ministry is now made its request official.
The pilot programme was originally mooted in 2017 and would run for three years beginning in 2019, with two casinos designated for local people to gamble. Only one, the Corona Resort & Casino in Phu Quoc, is now operating. The other in Van Don in Quang Ninh Province, has yet to open.
According to VietnamNet, the Ministry of Finance wants to extend the pilot programme until 2024 due to the impact of the pandemic.