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ASEAN, HK expected to sign Trade, Investment Deals in November

MANILA - The Philippines is optimistic over five agreements and declarations, including the long-awaited free trade and investment agreements between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong, will be signed by November.

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Government eyes Tougher Consumer Protection Law

The government is set to amend the Consumer Protection Law 2014 to make it more comprehensive in protecting the public, a senior official said.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Lai Cheng Ooi (f) v Lim San Peen and Another, and 2 Other Appeals

Date: 21 September 2017; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: Civil Appeal Nos. S-01(IM)(NCVC)-145-04/2016, S-02(IM)(NCVC)-741-04/2016 & S-01(IM)(NCVC)-411-10/2016; Source: Federal Court Registry

Gemstones Bill needs More Changes: Panel

The Gemstones Bill, which had been passed by the Amyotha Hluttaw in August, still needs more amendments as it does not reflect the true sentiments of the people, according to a member of an advisory committee.
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Consumers urged to complain about Faulty Goods and Services

The government has urged the people to be aware of their consumer rights and file complaints against defective products and poor services.
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Registers of Nominee Directors Guidance for Companies

The new version of this Guidance is issued by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority to help companies understand and comply with the requirements pertaining to the register of nominee directors.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Guide; Source: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

Registers of Registrable Controllers Guidance for Foreign Companies

The new version of the Guidance is issued by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority to help foreign companies understand and comply with the requirements pertaining to the register of registrable controllers.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Guide; Source: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

SC voids Sections of Aquino EO on Coco Levy

MANILA - The Supreme Court has declared void four sections of Executive Order No. 180 issued by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2015 on the disbursement of coconut levy funds.
Date: 15 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Laos prevails in Hongsa Power Plant Court Case

The government has won a long running legal battle with a former investor, Thai-Lao Lignite Co., Ltd., over the Hongsa thermal power project.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

DTI intensifies Standard Checks on Products under Mandatory Certification

Following the launch of Project Execution Team (PET), the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez intensified its enforcement activities on compliance with product standards and fair trade laws, not only in the National Capital Region (NCR) but also in the regions and provinces.
Date: 16 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Jack In Pile (M) Sd Bhd v Bauer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Another Appeal

Date: 20 July 2017; Court: High Court of Malaya; Citation: Originating Summons Nos. BA-24C-34-12/2016 & BA-24C-10-02/2017; Source: Federal Court Registry

Rules of Origin for Exports to Turkey under TRSFTA

The Circular outlines the Rules of Origin requirements and operational procedures for exports of Singapore-Originating goods claiming preferential tariff treatment in the Republic of Turkey under the Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (TRSFTA). Circular No. 12/2017
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Circular; Source: Customs Department

Operational Procedures for Imports from the Republic of Turkey Under TRSFTA

Circular outlines the procedures for claiming preferential tariff treatment on originating goods from the Republic of Turkey under the Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (TRSFTA). Circular No. 13/2017
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Circular; Source: Customs Department

Credit Union League of Thailand asks NLA to amend Cooperatives Act BE 2542

BANGKOK, 12th September 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has been asked to amend the country’s law governing cooperatives in order to help strengthen members.
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SSM urges Online Businesses to obtain Digital Certification

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) - The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) has urged online businesses to obtain its 'SSM BizTrust' digital certification to enhance consumer confidence in their products. Its Business Development and Marketing Director, Farid Ahmad, said since its launch on July 21, 2017, 81 companies from over 57,000 online ...
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Lai Cheng Ooi (f) v Lim San Peen and Another, and 2 Other Appeals

Date: 21 September 2017; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: Civil Appeal Nos. S-01(IM)(NCVC)-145-04/2016, S-02(IM)(NCVC)-741-04/2016 & S-01(IM)(NCVC)-411-10/2016; Source: Federal Court Registry

Jack In Pile (M) Sd Bhd v Bauer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Another Appeal SSM urges Online Businesses to obtain Digital Certification Gan Chiaw Ching v GW Builders Sdn Bhd more

Government eyes Tougher Consumer Protection Law

The government is set to amend the Consumer Protection Law 2014 to make it more comprehensive in protecting the public, a senior official said.

Gemstones Bill needs More Changes: Panel Consumers urged to complain about Faulty Goods and Services Examining the Companies Act more

SC voids Sections of Aquino EO on Coco Levy

MANILA - The Supreme Court has declared void four sections of Executive Order No. 180 issued by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2015 on the disbursement of coconut levy funds.

DTI intensifies Standard Checks on Products under Mandatory Certification Business Groups Support Gordon's Proposal to create Investment Corridor Ambassador Hotel Inc v Social Security System more

Registers of Nominee Directors Guidance for Companies

The new version of this Guidance is issued by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority to help companies understand and comply with the requirements pertaining to the register of nominee directors.

Registers of Registrable Controllers Guidance for Foreign Companies Rules of Origin for Exports to Turkey under TRSFTA Operational Procedures for Imports from the Republic of Turkey Under TRSFTA more

Credit Union League of Thailand asks NLA to amend Cooperatives Act BE 2542

BANGKOK, 12th September 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has been asked to amend the country’s law governing cooperatives in order to help strengthen members.

SEPO Member explains Need for New Act on State Enterprises NLA endorses New Version of Entertainment Place Act NLA endorses Legislation to do with State Enterprise Development more

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ASEAN, Dialogue Partners hope for End of Marawi Conflict Soon

MANILA - The ASEAN member states and its dialogue partners are hoping that the more than three-month fighting in Marawi be resolved soon.

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ASEAN Public Relations strengthen Regional Structure

Badung, Bali (ANTARA News) - Public relations and communication are keys to obtain public understanding and participation in order to strengthen the regional organization's position at the global level, Director General of Public Information and Communication at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, stated here on Wednesday.

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OSMEP recognizes Hundreds of SMEs for Outstanding Work

BANGKOK, 21 September 2017 (NNT) - The Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP) has held a ceremony to offer accolades to SME operators from across the country who have been successful in business.

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Labor Minister orders Investigation into Complication of employing Highland People

BANGKOK, 21 September 2017 (NNT) - The Minister of Labor has instructed Labor Ministry officials to investigate into the claim that employers do not receive convenience on submitting work permit application for highland people.

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ASEAN Lawmakers commend Alvarez

The 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) concluded Tuesday with delegates commending House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for his outstanding performance as president of AIPA.

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Work in all Courts Nationwide suspended Thursday: SC

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Thursday, September 21, in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the said date as National Day of Protest.

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Budget 2018: 13,837 Ideas, Proposals from the Public received

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today that 13,837 ideas and proposals were received through the Budget 2018 'crowdsourcing' campaign carried out for 15 days from Sept 4 to 18.

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Malaysia-Thailand to ink MoU on Security Cooperation

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Bernama) - There will be closer security cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand with the establishment of a Joint Committee on Security Cooperation, according to a cabinet resolution document released by the Thai government.

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MAS sets up International Advisory Panel for Cyber Security

Singapore, 20 September 2017 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it has established a Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP), comprising cyber security thought leaders from around the world.

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SC asked to order Refund of Excess SMS Fee to Subscribers

MANILA - The Bayan Muna partylist filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to compel the country's major telecommunication companies to give a refund to their subscribers for overpriced text message rates amounting to more than PHP17.7 billion.

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Policymakers urged to study Proposed Shift to Federal System

MANILA - State think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) on Tuesday urged policymakers to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed shift to a federal form of government which could address uneven developments in provinces and regions.

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BSP to continue Payment, Settlement Operations on September 21

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ) will continue its payments and settlement operations on Thursday despite Malacanang's suspension of works in government offices and schools nationwide for that day.

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