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Advertising signs need Permits: Vientiane Authorities

Vientiane’s Department of Public Works and Transport is calling on the owners of advertising signs, ATM booths and telephone lines in the capital to ask for permission before their erection.

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Marriage Law Amendments ease processes for Foreigners, Citizens

Amendments to the Law on Family Registration passed by the National Assembly (NA) recently will ease and regulate marriage between Lao and foreign nationals as well as family registration affairs in general.
Date: 24 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge

All enterprises that have been registered and have obtained a tax ID will have to comply with the Value Added Tax Law. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, yesterday presented a draft of the amended Law on Value Added Tax to the National Assembly to consider and approve.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank

The duties and structure of the Bank of the Lao PDR’s executive board were at the centre of debate at the National Assembly (NA) yesterday, with the aim of strengthening the bank’s management and preventing illegal financial activities.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law sets Public Debt at not more than 25 Per Cent of Revenue

The government will be the only authority to determine the size of public debt, which must not be over 25 percent of annual state revenue.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New law to provide Proper Settlement, Jobs for displaced Villagers

A new law passed by the National Assembly (NA) on Friday will ensure the provision of new homes and permanent jobs for displaced villagers as well as those living in hardship areas, parliament members were told.
Date: 17 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Minister names New Measures to improve ease of doing Business

Procedures have been streamlined in a bid to speed up the approval of investment proposals by businesses and enable them to register more quickly.
Date: 13 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Businesses urged to comply with May 1 Minimum Wage Increase

All businesses and factories in Laos are required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month as of May 1 in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.
Date: 01 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

12 Firms’ Executives sentenced for embezzling State Money

Heavy penalties face 13 top executives of 12 companies, a law court in Oudomxay province ruled recently, with the executives imprisoned, fined and ordered to repay multibillions in kip of state money that was embezzled.
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government approves Minimum Wage Increase

The government has approved a minimum wage increase from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Date: 23 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Legislation rewards well-behaved Prisoners

Prisoners who demonstrate good behaviour and meet certain criteria can expect to be freed earlier or have their terms reduced, thanks to a new Presidential Ordinance.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos respects MRC Treaty

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Apr 4 - The Lao government considers the 1995 Mekong Agreement as an important guideline when using water and other resources in the Mekong river basin, according to a senior government official.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos signs Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation agreement

Laos has signed an agreement on the Establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation and is the 10th country to sign this document.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, EU agree to promote, protect Human Rights

The Lao government and the European Union (EU) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights in bilateral and international forums, according to a joint press release issued by the EU-Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry to bolster Trademark Protection

All commodities produced in Laos will have a trademark under the Madrid Protocol, to create econom mic opportunities and help raise the standard of trade in the country. The Madrid system (officially the Madrid system for the international registration of marks) is the primary international system for facilitating the registration of trademarks in ...
Date: 13 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank

The duties and structure of the Bank of the Lao PDR’s executive board were at the centre of debate at the National Assembly (NA) yesterday, with the aim of strengthening the bank’s management and preventing i ...

Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned New Service Fee Regulation to boost SME, Selected Sectors License issuance for new Financial Institutions suspended more

12 Firms’ Executives sentenced for embezzling State Money

Heavy penalties face 13 top executives of 12 companies, a law court in Oudomxay province ruled recently, with the executives imprisoned, fined and ordered to repay multibillions in kip of state money that was embezzled.

Commission readies Report for Convention on the Rights of the Child Xaysana to face Thai Court, No Extradition sought: Govt Spokesman more

Businesses urged to comply with May 1 Minimum Wage Increase

All businesses and factories in Laos are required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month as of May 1 in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.

Government approves Minimum Wage Increase Government vows to bolster Workers’ Rights Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic more

Ministry to bolster Trademark Protection

All commodities produced in Laos will have a trademark under the Madrid Protocol, to create econom mic opportunities and help raise the standard of trade in the country. The Madrid system (officially the Madrid system fo ...

Seek Permission before flying your Drone, Ministry warns NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy New Law to promote, control Technology Transfer more

Govt mulls Fairer Compensation Policy for People affected by Development Projects

Property owners will receive fairer and more prompt compensation when they lose their land or buildings to make way for a development scheme, once a newly-drafted law is passed and promulgated, a policy developer has sai ...

Govt Officials discuss Law on Settlements and Stable Work Illegal Land Titles emerge as Outstanding Issue in Vientiane Govt orders Action to resolve Illegal Occupation of Land more

Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge

All enterprises that have been registered and have obtained a tax ID will have to comply with the Value Added Tax Law. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, yesterday presented a draft of ...

Pay Taxes or face Closure, Thousands of Businesses warned Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved Revised Laws the Key to boosting Revenue Collection more

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