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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.

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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 to better serve Lao Diplomatic Mission Overseas

Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday passed a newly drafted law to better facilitate Laos’ diplomatic mission in foreign countries and to protect the interests of the nation and Lao expats overseas.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Everyone must be Equal under the Law: Civil Code Drafters propose

Law drafters have proposed that all Lao people, in all regions of the country must be equal under the law, with gender equality included in this regard.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA approves Government reshuffle

The National Assembly (NA) yesterday approved a reshuffle and appointments in public security, national defence and the banking sectors following the proposals of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos Government to pay Compensation to Families displaced by Railway

VIENTIANE, Nov 26 (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Arbitration solution committees in Vientiane and the provinces together with the project developer have agreed on settlements with local people and 94 per cent of the land required for the railway has now been acquired, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the National Assembly last Monday.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Parliament to debate Economic Plan Next Week

The National Assembly will kick off its sixth ordinary session next Tuesday to review the implementation of the 2018 socio-economic development plan and budget plan.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos reaffirms continued Support for Children’s Rights

Laos will continue to work with Unicef and other development partners to promote and protect the rights of children.
Date: 05 November 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

New Law requires Displaced Villagers to be compensated within Two Years

President Bounnhang Vorachit recently promulgated a new law requiring developers to compensate people displaced by a project within 24 months or two years after a compensation plan is approved.
Date: 25 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Taxes, Fees temporarily cut in Governments Flood Recovery Plan

The government has agreed to cut various taxes and fees in flood-stricken areas in order to promote greater production during the coming dry-season to compensate damage by this year’s devastating floods.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Central Bank Governor gets New Legal Backing

The Governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR has gained legal backing to chair the central bank’s top policy and decision-making body. President Bounnhang Vorachit on August 3 promulgated the newly-amended Law on the Bank of the Lao PDR, giving legal back-up to the central bank’s governor to chair its top body. In the past, the cha ...
Date: 16 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government approves Compensation Policy for Dam Burst Victims

People affected by widespread flooding in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, look set to receive full compensation as the government has determined that the flood was not a natural disaster.
Date: 01 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government discusses Lao Red Cross Law Contents

Government officials met in the capital yesterday to learn about the Law on Lao Red Cross with the aim to give participants more understanding about the regulation.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Central Bank Governor gets New Legal Backing

The Governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR has gained legal backing to chair the central bank’s top policy and decision-making body. President Bounnhang Vorachit on August 3 promulgated the newly-amended Law on t ...

NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned New Service Fee Regulation to boost SME, Selected Sectors more

Finance Officials under Scrutiny as 35 face Disciplinary Measures

At least 35 finance officials have been disciplined for abuses of power, according to an official report. The report was presented at a three-day 6th Plenary Meeting of the Ministry of Finance’s Party Committe ...

12 Firms’ Executives sentenced for embezzling State Money Commission readies Report for Convention on the Rights of the Child Xaysana to face Thai Court, No Extradition sought: Govt Spokesman more

Businesses urged to comply with May 1 Minimum Wage Increase

All businesses and factories in Laos are required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month as of May 1 in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.

Government approves Minimum Wage Increase Government vows to bolster Workers’ Rights Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic more

Ministry to bolster Trademark Protection

All commodities produced in Laos will have a trademark under the Madrid Protocol, to create econom mic opportunities and help raise the standard of trade in the country. The Madrid system (officially the Madrid system fo ...

Seek Permission before flying your Drone, Ministry warns NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy New Law to promote, control Technology Transfer more

New Decree offers Tax Breaks for Investors in Lao SEZs

Domestic and foreign investors will be granted a number of tax breaks under a new amended decree related to specific and special economic zones (SEZs) issued recently by the government.

Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge Pay Taxes or face Closure, Thousands of Businesses warned Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved more

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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