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Intellectual Property Laws needed to attract Fresh Foreign Investment

Four laws related to protecting intellectual property (IP) are expected to be enacted soon to attract more foreign investment into Myanmar, especially from Japan, said Mr. Hiro Yamaoka, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). “Enacting proper IP laws is fundamental and urgently required to attract Japanese bus ...
Date: 24 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Revised Section 66(d) Amendment Bill sent back to Amyotha Hluttaw

After making revisions to the bill amending the Telecommunications Law, the Pyithu Hluttaw has sent it back to the Amyotha Hluttaw, which initiated the bill.
Date: 21 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

66(d) necessary to prevent More Crime: Pyithu Hluttaw MP

The controversial Telecommunications section 66(d) is necessary to prevent people from committing more crimes and cannot be fully abolished, U Tun Tun Hein, chair of Bill Committee and Pyithu Hluttaw MP from Naung Cho township, said on Thursday.
Date: 11 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Newspaper Editor accuses Authorities of not respecting News Media Law

An editor of a daily newspaper accused the government of not respecting the News Media Law, which was passed by the Hluttaw and signed by the president, as it has been prosecuting journalists under the penal code without going through the proper procedures.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amyotha Hluttaw amends Telecommunications Law, but Contentious Section 66(d) survives

The Amyotha Hluttaw passed the bill amending the Telecommunications Law as revised by the Bill Committee on Wednesday but took no action on calls to abolish the controversial section 66(d), said Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Date: 04 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ideas for amending Media Law to be submitted to Hluttaw

Amendments and additions to the Media Law will be submitted to the Hluttaw by the end of this month aiming for freedom of expression in the media, officials of the Myanmar Press Council said. They made the comments at a workshop and discussion attended by journalists from Upper Myanmar on amending the Media Law and Right to Information Law, at ...
Date: 18 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss Amendment of Section 66(d)

The amendment of Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law will be discussed in the Amyotha Hluttaw.
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Twenty Two Groups launch Online Drive against Section 66(d)

A Coalition of 22 civil society groups launched an online campaign on Thursday to abolish Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law.
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Advocates says proposed Changes to Telecom Law don’t go far enough

The proposed changes on the country’s Telecommunications Law as announced by government are not enough to uphold and protect freedom of expression, said advocates for the abolishment of the section 66(d).
Date: 11 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amendment to Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law under Consideration

Amendment to the Section 66(d) of the country’s Telecommunications Law - which critics say suppresses free speech - is under consideration, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
Date: 07 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Sixty One Rights Groups urge Government to repeal Section 66(d)

A joint statement issued by 61 national and international human right organisations urge the Myanmar government and parliament to repeal Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law and to decriminalise defamation. The statement urged that, at a very minimum, the law should be amended in such a way that defamation is no longer criminalised ...
Date: 03 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government considers amending Section 66(d) to be Bailable Offence

Discussions are under way to amend Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law to become a bailable offence, Post and Telecommunications Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications director U Myo Swe told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Tech Transfer Clause linked to Enactment of IPR law

The inclusion of the technology transfer clause in contracts inked in Myanmar by foreign firms will only take effect after the Intellectual Properties Right (IPR) law is enacted, said Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win.
Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Journalists protest against Law prosecuting their Colleagues

Journalists from Mandalay have released a statement protesting against Section 66 (D) of the Telecommunications Law and the prosecution of journalists for praying at the corner of Maha Muni Pagoda and for giving out pamphlets.
Date: 15 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Communication Law ‘likely to be reviewed’

An amendment to section 66(d) of the Communication Law has been discussed by the Assessment Commission of Legal Affairs and Special Issues and is likely to be reviewed, commission member and ruling NLD spokesperson U Win Htein said.
Date: 12 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bail being considered for Section 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Law

Bail for those charged under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law is being considered under proposed amendments to the law. Union Attorney General (AG) Office permanent secretary, Daw Nu Nu Yin, said that the amendments to include bail were suggested by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Date: 05 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court presses ahead with 66(d) Charge

Kamaryut Township Court yesterday opted to press ahead with defamation charges against ruling party member U Myo Yan Naung Thein, after assessing evidence submitted by police investigating the case. U Myo Yan Naung Thein has been charged under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law over a Facebook post perceived to be defaming the Tatmada ...
Date: 02 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Demonstrators take Aim at Section 66(d)

Activists, lawyers and journalists gathered in Mahabandoola Park yesterday in a demonstration of solidarity against Myanmar’s notorious defamation laws.
Date: 23 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Eleven Media Case continues as another Local Paper sued for Defamation

Despite the apology and retraction issued by Eleven Media Group, Yangon Region government will not withdraw its action for defamation against the group’s CEO, U Than Htut Aung, Tarmwe Township Court heard on January 13.
Date: 16 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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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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High Taxes, Competition choke Cheroot-Makers

Myanmar's traditional mini cigar, the cheroot, is near extinction as manufacturers struggle with high taxes, high production costs and stiff competition from imported and local cigarettes.

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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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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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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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ASEAN urged to widen Development through Inclusive Business

MANILA - The 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are enjoined to promote inclusive business model in the region in order to achieve greater impact of development and reach the bottom of the pyramid.

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MIC issues 13 New Business Permits in August, including One for Beer

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved the issuance of 13 permits, including one for a beer joint venture in Mandalay.

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Court Action on Journalists, Activists delayed 2 Weeks

The court procedures related to the recently released journalists and activists will be completed on September 15, according to Hsipaw township court.

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Union Government urged to recognize Student Unions

The government should recognise student unions at the union level to ensure their survival, urged U Thant Zin, a student of the 88-89 Generation and former chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions of Upper Myanmar.

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