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Parliament approves Health Targets

The National Assembly (NA) has approved targets that will require the government to reduce the number of underweight children aged under five from 22 percent to 21 percent by 2018.

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Government, Development Partners discuss Law on Climate Change

Government officials from the central provinces together with development partners are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the draft of a law on climate change.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

National Assembly passes 2018 Development Plan, 15 Laws

The National Assembly (NA) ended its 4th ordinary session on Friday after adopting the Socio-economic Development Plan, together with the budget and currency plans for 2018, and passing 15 laws. In her closing remarks, Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou said the session, which took place from October 16-November 17, had succeeded in its goals.&nbs ...
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy

A lack of awareness concerning intellectual property has led to the loss of rights to a patent by numerous micro businesses, leading the National Assembly to ask the government to re-consider its policy.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Revised Laws the Key to boosting Revenue Collection

Eleven laws will be enacted by 2020 to facilitate revenue collection while also plugging loopholes that could lead to fiscal leaks.
Date: 08 November 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law to promote, control Technology Transfer

The government has presented a draft Law on Technology Transfer to the National Assembly for approval with the hope that its promulgation will ensure coordinated management and systematic technology transfer throughout the country.
Date: 06 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA passes Red Cross Law to bolster Humanitarian Aid

Lawmakers yesterday voted on and passed a new Law on Lao Red Cross Affairs following a one-day debate at the ongoing 4th Ordinary Session of the National Assembly’s 8th Legislature.
Date: 31 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

National Assembly to debate New and Amended Laws

The National Assembly (NA) will debate nine newly drafted laws and amend seven existing laws at its upcoming fourth ordinary session, which will open on Monday.
Date: 11 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers

Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province.
Date: 11 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned

The Bank of the Lao PDR has warned members of the public to beware of unauthorised bank accounts after learning that some people have been tricked into making transactions with fake banks.
Date: 11 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Mineral Law to be amended for Better Mining Management

The government is amending the Mineral Law to better regulate the mining sector in the interests of sustainable development.
Date: 04 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

National Assembly on Target with Law Enactment

The National Assembly (NA) has achieved a quarter of its planned target of law enactment and amendment under the current Eighth Legislature, but is urging administrative and legislative bodies to make sure that the laws passed are more effective. The Assembly's current Legislature aims to enact or amend 105 laws during its current five-year te ...
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Festival Committee to regulate Parking Fees

The organising committee of this year's Vientiane boat racing festival will conduct regular checks to seek out opportunists looking to charge high prices for parking.
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Khammuan revokes Concessions after Multibillion Kip Deals Stall

Mining and forestry investment agreements valued at millions of US dollars have been revoked by Khammuan provincial authorities after private investors failed to carry out the projects within the agreed timeline, it was confirmed yesterday.
Date: 27 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Vehicle Owners Face Doubling of Road Tax

Motorists in Laos will need to pay more than double the usual road tax this year depending on the size of their engine and vehicle type.
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned

The Bank of the Lao PDR has warned members of the public to beware of unauthorised bank accounts after learning that some people have been tricked into making transactions with fake banks.

New Service Fee Regulation to boost SME, Selected Sectors License issuance for new Financial Institutions suspended more

Xaysana to face Thai Court, No Extradition sought: Govt Spokesman

Suspected Lao drug lord Xaysana Keophimpha, who was arrested in Thailand last month, will be subject to Thai law and the Lao government is unlikely to ask for his extradition, the government spokesman has said.

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Land Use Right Holders on 450 Year Road still reject Compensation

Owners of land use rights for the remaining 167 plots along the 450 Year Road in Vientiane are still refusing to accept the compensation offered in return for the land they lost to the US$104 million highway, an official ...

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Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers

Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province.

Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers Laos, Korea cooperate on Labour more

NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy

A lack of awareness concerning intellectual property has led to the loss of rights to a patent by numerous micro businesses, leading the National Assembly to ask the government to re-consider its policy.

New Law to promote, control Technology Transfer Telephone Number Registry Checks planned as Decree Drafted E-commerce set to boom in Laos but no Laws to regulate Sector more

Govt Officials discuss Law on Settlements and Stable Work

Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Central provinces gathered in Vientiane on Thursday for discussions about the draft of the domicile allocation and stable vocation law of Lao people, and to pro ...

Illegal Land Titles emerge as Outstanding Issue in Vientiane Govt orders Action to resolve Illegal Occupation of Land more

Revised Laws the Key to boosting Revenue Collection

Eleven laws will be enacted by 2020 to facilitate revenue collection while also plugging loopholes that could lead to fiscal leaks.

Vehicle Owners Face Doubling of Road Tax Governmentt orders Cut in Lotteries Value-added Tax to replace Guesswork in raising Revenue from SMEs more

Festival Committee to regulate Parking Fees

The organising committee of this year's Vientiane boat racing festival will conduct regular checks to seek out opportunists looking to charge high prices for parking.

Lower Logistics Costs to boost Business, Competitiveness Measures revealed to resolve Illegal Car Imports more

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Minimum Wage Hike in the Pipeline

A tripartite meeting held in Vientiane recently agreed to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.2 million kip a month, a senior official has confirmed.

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New ASEAN e-Commerce Framework to benefit More Local MSMEs

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - The new ASEAN framework on e-commerce, currently being implemented by the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on E-commerce, is expected to open up more opportunities for micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and facilitate their business expansion in the region.

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ASEAN pushes enabling Environment for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states will work towards providing an enabling environment for inclusive business imperative for the region’s economic community-building efforts.

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ASEAN, Partners to fast-track RCEP Conclusion in 2018

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - Leaders from the countries participating at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Tuesday have instructed its ministers and negotiators to intensify efforts in 2018 to bring the RCEP negotiations to conclusion.

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ASEAN FTAs gain Ground in 2017, DTI says

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The year 2017 witnessed ASEAN efforts to beef up its free trade agreements (FTAs) with its international stakeholders gaining ground.

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ASEAN Leaders and CEOs push for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 14 - The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC), composed of three CEOs/Presidents of private companies per ASEAN Member State, met with ASEAN Leaders led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 13 November 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III from the Philippines, the 2017 Chair of ASEAN-BAC and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, led the private sector.

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AICHR promotes Human Rights in ASEAN

Nov 13 - The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has initiated various activities throughout 2017 to promote human rights to the peoples of the region.

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ASEAN reaffirms Cooperation with East Asian Community in 20th ASEAN+3

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed its cooperation with Japan, Korea, and China during the 20th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Commemorative Summit on Tuesday, November 14.

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ASEAN, China agree to start Talks on South China Sea COC

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have agreed to start negotiations on a code of conduct on the South China Sea, Malacañang said Monday.

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Laos, China agree to deepen Ties, ink 17 Deals

President Bounnhang Vorachit and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to work together to take the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Laos and China to a new level.

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Japan vows to strengthen Cooperation with ASEAN

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to deepen cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in various areas such as maritime security, defense, trade, infrastructure development, combating terrorism, disaster risk reduction and cultural exchanges.

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Duterte lauds ABAC Initiative to empower MSMEs

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the Philippines fully supports the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s (ABAC) strategic action agenda to empower micro, small and medium industries (MSMEs) towards greater participation in the global value chain.

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