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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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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

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 Committee scheduled to end today, according to Social Economic Newspaper.
Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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.
Date: 16 July 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

Land Use Master plan gets NA Approval

The National Assembly has approved a master plan for land allocation across Laos, defining different types of land plots to be allotted from now until 2030.
Date: 08 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA debate Amendment to Law on Social Security

Amendment of the Law on Social Security has resulted in numerous changes to the policy which the government hopes will strengthen development of the nation’s social security system.
Date: 27 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

SME Promotion Policy Improvements win Cabinet Support

The government cabinet has announced improved policies to enable Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access more finance to grow their businesses and boost production.
Date: 27 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Vaccination Law Safeguards, Accountability sought by Legislators

Potential side effects from vaccinations and responsibility for same was a topic of attention by National Assembly members at a debate on the newly drafted Law on Vaccination yesterday.
Date: 25 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Marriage Law Amendments ease processes for Foreigners, Citizens

Amendments to the Law on Family Registration passed by the National Assembly (NA) recently will ease and regulate marriage between Lao and foreign nationals as well as family registration affairs in general.
Date: 24 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge

All enterprises that have been registered and have obtained a tax ID will have to comply with the Value Added Tax Law. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, yesterday presented a draft of the amended Law on Value Added Tax to the National Assembly to consider and approve.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank

The duties and structure of the Bank of the Lao PDR’s executive board were at the centre of debate at the National Assembly (NA) yesterday, with the aim of strengthening the bank’s management and preventing illegal financial activities.
Date: 19 June 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

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 devel ...

Minister names New Measures to improve ease of doing Business Advertising signs need Permits: Vientiane Authorities Government seeks better Regulation of Associations 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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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

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