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Commerce Ministry resolves Trading Rights Issue

Foreign enterprises that export goods to the Lao market will no longer need a domestic business licence as the Commerce Ministry has resolved this contentious issue.
Date: 18 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Electronic Signature Law will boost E-Commerce, Government tells NA

The government has told the National Assembly (NA) that Laos needs to have an electronic signature law in place to boost E-commerce and facilitate E-governance.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law spells out Duties of Billboard Makers

Businesses that make signs and billboards will have their operations suspended if they continue to break the regulations regarding content and language.
Date: 30 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government revokes Import Licence Requirement for Steel, Cement

As of next year steel and cement importers in Laos will no longer need an import licence after the government issued an order calling for an end to the licence requirement.
Date: 27 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Propose Law to promote Public Private Partnerships, NA instructs

The National Assembly (NA) has told the government to formulate legislation to manage and attract more investment in the form of public-private partnerships (PPP), and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects to drive development.
Date: 11 July 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

Stimulus Package intensified to boost SMEs, Ministry says

A number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have enjoyed financial access and a large amount of in-kind support, thanks to assistance from the government and development partners.
Date: 08 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

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.
Date: 03 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

SMEs to access Finance via Laos-China Cooperation Scheme

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) are set to enjoy easier access to finance thanks to a new financial cooperation scheme between Laos and China.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Government seeks better Regulation of Associations

Representatives of associations, foundations and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss association issues and management under the Decree on Associations.
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Tighter Regulation to squeeze Small Business Credit

Small family businesses around the country may find it even harder to access finance with a new financial directive putting in place higher standards for property documentation used when securing bank loans.
Date: 13 December 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

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

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

Laos cuts Maximum Concession Period to 50 Years

VIENTIANE, April 18 (PNA/Xinhua) - Laos' newly-amended Investment Promotion Law has moved to cut by half the maximum investment period for new concession projects to 50 years, down from the previous maximum period of 99 years. The move is aimed at maximizing investment benefits for the Lao economy, an official from the Ministry of Planning and ...
Date: 18 April 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lao, Singaporean Foreign Ministers hold talks on Bilateral Ties

Lao and Singaporean foreign ministers continue to grow highly valued relations and cooperation between the two Asean member countries, agreeing that bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries should continue to be enhanced.
Date: 13 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Nation sets Sights on Trade Policy Improvement

Laos will continue to be active in improving its regulations and work plan to adapt to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules after the country became a member in 2013.
Date: 12 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Vietnam sign Key Documents

Hanoi (Vietnam News, ANN) - Vietnam and Laos signed a series of vital agreements on Wednesday, pledging to boost co-operation between the two governments and countries.
Date: 09 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Authorities repeat Call for Return of Nongpaen Project Licence

Vientiane authorities have asked the Lao Asia Trading International Company (LATIC) to return the concession licence they were granted to develop a tourist attraction on marshland in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane.
Date: 07 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Lao Government bans Companies from transporting Imported Fuel through Laos

VIENTIANE, Jan 30 (PNA/Xinhua) - Lao government has announced that three companies will no longer be able to transport imported fuel through Laos to third countries, in a bid to plug loopholes that could result in illegally imported fuel. The government has instructed the Ministry of Finance to inform the three companies, namely LS Import-Expo ...
Date: 30 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Amended Code did not affect Conflict of Interest - Witness

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 18 (Bernama) - The Code of Ethics for Administration Members and Members of Parliament was amended by the Cabinet in 2013 but did not affect the conflict of interest provision, according to a Cabinet former deputy secretary-general (Constitution and Communication).

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Court urges Johor PTG to meet Orang Asli to settle Compensation Issue

JOHOR BAHRU, Jun 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today encouraged the state Land and Mines Office (PTG) to engage in discussions with the Seletar tribe Orang Asli of Kuala Masai with the aim of settling compensation due as a result of wrongful acquisition of their land in Stulang Laut.

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Ex-CJ speaks out against Lawyers' Tendency to seek Postponements

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 (Bernama) - Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.

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New Competition Commission already under Fire

Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.

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NA Deputies give Opinions on Revised Labour Code

Hanoi, Jun 12 (VNA) - The revised Labour Code will the focus during the sitting of lawmakers on June 12 in the ongoing 7th session of the 14th National Assembly.

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Ability to pay Taxes Online a Boon for Vietnam’s Import-Export Businesses

Hanoi, Jun 6 (VNS/VNA) - Around 99 percent of import and export tax payments in Ho Chi Minh City are made online, according to the customs department.

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OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.

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Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.

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Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".

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DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.

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Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.

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RCI on Judicial Misconduct is what People Want - Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 5 (Bernama) - The government agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on judicial misconduct because this is what the people want, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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CJ stresses Importance of beefing up Legal Education

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin emphasized the commitment of his administration to leave no stone unturned in reforming the country's legal education system.

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Double Pay for Workers on June 5

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Private sector workers, who will report to duty on Wednesday, June 5, will be paid twice their regular daily wages, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

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Complaints via Whatsapp: RTD issues More than 200 Notices

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) - More than 200 notices have been issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as result of consumer complaints via the Whatsapp application during the three days enforcement operation, in conjunction with Adilfitri, which began on May 29.

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Online Trader benefits from Industrial Revolution 4.0

KOTA BHARU, Jun 2 (Bernama) - The Industry Revolution 4.0, which is occurring all over the world, has given huge benefit to online traders in marketing their products to consumers.

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Vietnam attends ASEAN Plus Three, EAS SOMs

Bangkok, May 30 (VNA) - Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is head of the country’s SOM ASEAN, attended the ASEAN Plus Three SOM and East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM, which were held within the framework of the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Bangkok on May 30.

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JBC sets Public Interviews for SC Aspirants

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has released the schedule of the public panel interview of hopefuls vying for a Supreme Court (SC) post, to be vacated by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo who will compulsorily retire on July 29.

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