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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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New Regulation to be a Boon for Labuan Economy

LABUAN, Mar 25 (Bernama) - Labuan Business Activity Tax (Requirements for Labuan Business Activity) Regulations 2018, which requires a Labuan entity to have adequate full-time employees on the island as well as adequate amount of operating expenditure, will be a boon for the Labuan economy.

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Chief Justice wants Bar cooperation to address Negative Perception of Judiciary

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 22 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has called on the Malaysian Bar to work with the judiciary to shed the negative perception of the public towards the judicial system.

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Thailand to host 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, Mar 22 (NNT) - The Finance Ministry will host the 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”

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DOLE Partners with Private firm for Safe, Healthy Workforce

MANILA, Mar 23 (PNA) - The government has partnered with a private company in promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) to further ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

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Pharmacists urge Government to review Poisons Act 1952

PETALING JAYA, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG) is calling on the government to review the Poisons Act 1952 to ensure the pharmaceutical industry is in sync with innovations in technology.

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MCMC advises Facebook, Instagram Users to change Passwords

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has advised Facebook and Instagram users to change their passwords if they have been informed that their passwords are in the format which can be read by Facebook employees.

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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