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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

Commerce Ministry postpones New Business Registration System

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has postponed the implementation of a new business registration system which Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith had requested in February.
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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

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

Growth Drivers, Opportunities see Cabinet Order Action

The nation's government cabinet has ordered ministries and sectors to take immediate action to efficiently implement measures it presented to the National Assembly (NA) earlier this month in order to stimulate the economy.
Date: 26 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Vietnam vow to cement ties

Vice President Phankham Viphavanh and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh yesterday agreed to work together to deepen the friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two neighbours.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law sets Public Debt at not more than 25 Per Cent of Revenue

The government will be the only authority to determine the size of public debt, which must not be over 25 percent of annual state revenue.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New law to provide Proper Settlement, Jobs for displaced Villagers

A new law passed by the National Assembly (NA) on Friday will ensure the provision of new homes and permanent jobs for displaced villagers as well as those living in hardship areas, parliament members were told.
Date: 17 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Parliament to convene on June 5

The National Assembly (NA) has announced it will convene its 5th ordinary session from June 5-28, the Lao News Agency reported on Friday, citing the parliament’s Secretariat.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

New Legislation rewards well-behaved Prisoners

Prisoners who demonstrate good behaviour and meet certain criteria can expect to be freed earlier or have their terms reduced, thanks to a new Presidential Ordinance.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos respects MRC Treaty

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Apr 4 - The Lao government considers the 1995 Mekong Agreement as an important guideline when using water and other resources in the Mekong river basin, according to a senior government official.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Get Married legally to avoid Human Trafficking, Chinese Ambassador advises

In the wake of reports that women, including Lao nationals, have been tricked by foreign human traffickers into love matches or undocumented marriages, a Chinese diplomat has warned Lao women to comply with legal procedures to avoid falling victim to such deception.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Brunei extend Length of Reciprocal Visa-Free Visits

The governments of Laos and Brunei Darussalam have agreed that their citizens can stay in the other’s country for up to 30 days without having to obtain a visa.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos signs Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation agreement

Laos has signed an agreement on the Establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation and is the 10th country to sign this document.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, EU agree to promote, protect Human Rights

The Lao government and the European Union (EU) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights in bilateral and international forums, according to a joint press release issued by the EU-Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government submitting 15 Drafted Laws for Parliamentary Debate

The government will submit 15 drafted laws to the National Assembly (NA) by this month for debate, the government spokesman Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher said on Wednesday.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws

The government cabinet on Friday approved amendment drafts to nine laws and one newly drafted law in its extraordinary meeting in a move towards pursuing the rule of law.
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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House absent at Court during Advocates' Law Judicial Review Session

Jakarta, Oct 18 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) did not attend the Constitutional Court (MK) session on the judicial review of Article 16 Law No.18/2003 regarding advocates immunity rights.

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Solon files Bill on Overtaking Cyclists

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure requiring a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for motorists overtaking cyclists.

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Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law.

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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted its public interview for two aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice vacancy following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

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PM tables Mid-Term Review of 11th Malaysia Plan in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today tabled the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP - 2016-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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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

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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