laos - General & Misc

Ministry orders Registration of Social Media news Platforms

Authorities have told the administrators of social media news platforms to register their accounts or pages, or they could face legal action.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government seeks to minimize Budget Burdens and Debt Distress

The government has outlined measures to boost national revenue for 2020 while ensuring the effectiveness of state investment projects.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry urges Taxpayers to limit Cash Payments

Taxpayers are being encouraged to pay their dues electronically via commercial banks as part of its efforts to plug financial loopholes, the Ministry of Finance has announced.
Date: 04 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA approves New Law to safeguard Local Products from Unfair Imports

The National Assembly (NA) on Friday approved a new law relating to anti-dumping and countervailing duties in order to protect domestic products from unfair imports.
Date: 17 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Justice Ministry to upgrade Sentencing Enforcement Officials

The Ministry of Justice plans to train and supply more legal specialists to assist local authorities in the enforcement of court sentences, according to a senior ministry official.
Date: 11 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Service Charter planned to ease Cross-Border Trade

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce plans to introduce a new service charter to reduce the time it takes to authorise imports and exports, as part of efforts to improve the business climate.
Date: 21 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Telecom Regulator proposes Online Sim Card Registration

The Lao Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is developing an application for use as a possible option to speed up sim card registration.
Date: 15 May 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Government slaps Heavy Fines on Tobacco Rule Violators

Producers and importers of tobacco products will be penalised with large fines and additional measures if the packages that contain their products do not carry the required instructions and health warnings, according to a new regulation.
Date: 03 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

State Agencies urged to comply with Procurement Law

State agencies that intend to spend more than 5 million kip of state funds must put project contracts up for bid, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Round Table Retreat reviews Implementation of 2018 Recommendations

The government and development partners met in Vientiane on Friday to discuss translation of the key recommendations of the 2018 Round Table Meeting into concrete follow-up actions.
Date: 17 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government unveils New Development Vision

The government has unveiled a new national development vision, which it plans to achieve from 2021 to 2025.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

VP urges Justice Officials to ensure Law Enforcement

Vice President Phankham Viphavanh yesterday advised the justice sector to strictly implement the country’s laws in a bid to ensure justice for all members of society.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry moves Forward with Justice Development Plan

The Ministry of Justice will carry out plans to process outstanding court cases, raise public awareness of improvements in the law, conduct capacity building for officials, and resolve unsettled legal issues.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Government announces List of Controlled Businesses

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has approved a list of businesses that are subject to government control, while also stating that types of business not on the list would find it easier to operate.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Luxembourg review Rule of Law and Legal Education Programmes

Government officials met with representatives of the Luxembourg government in Vientiane yesterday to review the progress of the LAO-031-Legal Teaching and Training and Promotion of the Rule of Law Concept project and make plans for the year ahead.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

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.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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

NA members ask Court, Prosecutor to strive harder for Justice

Members of the National Assembly (NA) have called for the People’s Supreme Prosecutor and People’s Supreme Court to work harder to ensure full justice in society.
Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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Go Online to partner with 8 Million MSMEs

Jakarta, Jul 1 (ANTARA) - The Communications and Information Ministry is targeting eight million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be partners of the Go Online program. Involving MSMEs and marketplace in the country, Go Online is a collaborative program between the government, MSMEs, and online shopping platforms to level digital market access and build a digital economy in Indonesia.

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CUEPAC urges Government to review Minimum Wage

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jun 30 (Bernama) - The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) has urged the government to review the minimum wage in an effort to reduce the people’s cost of living.

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MITI calls SMEs to sign up for IR4.0 Assessment

GEORGE TOWN, Jun 28 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to sign up for the National Policy on Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Industry4WRD-RA).

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