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Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers

Foreign workers in Savannakhet province will face penalties if they do not register at centres set up in each district, under the Law on Labour.

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Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers

All migrant workers have rights when it comes to negotiating their working conditions and these rights can be upheld by strengthening the legal mechanisms that govern workers' status.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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

Telephone Number Registry Checks planned as Decree Drafted

A planned review of all mobile telephone numbers registered for use via the nation's mobile SIM cards is to be led by the Ministry of Post and Communications aiming to ensure records are up to date.
Date: 07 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Governmentt orders Cut in Lotteries

The government has called for a cut in several types of lotteries issued by the Lao Development Lottery State Enterprise, including the football lottery, following public complaints about the country having too many lotteries.
Date: 19 August 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

E-commerce set to boom in Laos but no Laws to regulate Sector

The e-commerce market in Laos is set to take off amidst the rapid growth of internet penetration in the region but the country still does not have laws to regulate such activities, experts have noted.
Date: 17 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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 provide some technical input. The domicile allocation and stable vocational law have 11 parts, which is divided into 79 articles ...
Date: 17 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Govt Officials discuss Land Management and Development

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is focusing on land management and development around the country with aims to better manage land and prevent spread out land use.
Date: 15 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Commission discusses Child Protection

The National Commission for the Advancement of Women (NCEW) has discussed to prepare the reports about child trafficking, child prostitution and child pornography in Laos to submit to the committee.
Date: 15 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Incentives to promote Commercial Planting of Trees under proposed Decree

A number of incentives, including the cutting of undue fees, to promote commercial tree planting are being considered by policy-makers drawing up a Prime Ministerial Decree to regulate the issue.
Date: 14 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Value-added Tax to replace Guesswork in raising Revenue from SMEs

The Ministry of Finance is in the process to introduce a value-added tax (VAT) on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) after the scheme was implemented successfully elsewhere over the past seven to eight years.
Date: 14 August 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Korea cooperate on Labour

The country is set to benefit from improved law enactment, policy and labour skills development via the Laos-Korea Policy Consultation project (LKPCP) as provided by the government of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Date: 07 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Attapeu Governor vows to identify, punish Illegal Timber Traders under Law

Investigations are ongoing to identify those behind illegal timber found on trucks in Attapeu province with the wrongdoers to be held responsible and face the law, the provincial governor has said.
Date: 02 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Mother and Child Issues on top of Agenda for National Commission

The National Commission for Advancement of Women and Mother and Child (National CWMC) has taken a range of steps to fulfill the Laos government's international commitments promoting gender equality and protecting children.
Date: 26 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Australia renew Cooperation on Human Rights

Laos and Australia have agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation on human rights via a new four-year programme.
Date: 24 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Service Fee Regulation to boost SME, Selected Sectors

A newly-approved Presidential Decree on Service Fees is set to give a significant boost to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and other promoted sectors, the government spokesman has said.

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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Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers

Foreign workers in Savannakhet province will face penalties if they do not register at centres set up in each district, under the Law on Labour.

Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers Laos, Korea cooperate on Labour Minimum Wage Increase the Key for survival of Lao Workers more

Telephone Number Registry Checks planned as Decree Drafted

A planned review of all mobile telephone numbers registered for use via the nation's mobile SIM cards is to be led by the Ministry of Post and Communications aiming to ensure records are up to date.

E-commerce set to boom in Laos but no Laws to regulate Sector NA supports Enactment of Data Protection Law Laos to fight against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property 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

Governmentt orders Cut in Lotteries

The government has called for a cut in several types of lotteries issued by the Lao Development Lottery State Enterprise, including the football lottery, following public complaints about the country having too many lott ...

Value-added Tax to replace Guesswork in raising Revenue from SMEs Vehicle Owners to pay higher Road Tax in August New Law offers Incentives to attract Investment more

Lower Logistics Costs to boost Business, Competitiveness

Decreasing the logistics costs for exporting and importing goods is a priority for Laos when it comes to business competitiveness in the region and the rest of the world according to a prominent Lao private sector leader ...

Measures revealed to resolve Illegal Car Imports 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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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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ASEAN enhances Coordination to tackle Cyber Threats

SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Bernama) - ASEAN member states have agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination to ensure that its cybersecurity efforts across various platforms in countering increasingly sophisticated cyber threats are focused, effective and in synergy with one another.

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Govt opens Centres to register Lao Workers in Thailand

Laos and Thailand have agreed to cooperate more closely to assist Lao workers in Thailand who hold a passport but whose temporary work permit has expired.

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Revenue Rise foreshadowed after Survey reveals Tax Dodging

Taxation revenue to the government is set to increase by 10 percent as a result of a na tionwide survey to identify and update such sources, the Deputy Minister of Finance has said.

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ASEAN to promote Trade with Russia and EAEU

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN Economic Ministers agreed to expand trade with Russia and those grouped in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

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Conclusion of the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Investment Agreement (AHKIA)

The Economic Ministers of ASEAN and Hong Kong, China (HKC) announced the conclusion of the ASEAN-HKC Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEANHKC Investment Agreement (AHKIA) at the Second ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-HKC Consultations held on 9 September 2017 in Pasay City, the Philippines.

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ASEAN Meet explores Issues related to Tariff Commitments, Rules under ATIGA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) - The discussions on Association of South-East Asian Nations' (ASEAN) internal economic-related affairs, which were held in the Philippines at the 31th ASEAN Free Trade Agreement Council, explored issues related to tariff commitments and applicable rules under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).

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City Authorities register Foreign Workers

Vientiane labour authorities have opened centres to register the foreign workforce in the capital, aiming to issue temporary work permits for those who are currently working illegally.

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ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area increases Bilateral Trade by 92.3 per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (Bernama) - Bilateral trade between ASEAN and South Korea has increased by 92.3 per cent to US$118.84 billion in 2016 from US$61.81 billion in 2006 since the ASEAN-KOREA Free Trade Area (AKFTA) took effect in 2007.

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ASEAN MSMEs need More Financial, Technical Support: Study

MANILA - While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has available programs and pushing for policies that will boost micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the region needs to introduce more financial and technical support to MSMEs, an ASEAN study said.

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