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Mandalay revokes Permits for 57 Apartments over Nonpayment

The Mandalay government has revoked the permits for the sale of 57 apartments under the government affordable housing programme after those who were given the rights to buy these units failed to make payment after one year.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government rejects ICC Jurisdiction on Northern Rakhine Case

The government on Thursday said it would not engage with the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing Myanmar is not a party to the Rome Statute that established the tribunal.
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

No 100 per cent Foreign Ownership in Real Estate

Foreigners will not be allowed to own 100 percent in any real estate business in Myanmar, according to a draft Real Estate Service Law, but they can be allowed to go into partnership with citizens, U Aung Tun, vice chairman of the Myanmar Real Estate Services Development Association, said.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Garment Workers fired for not signing Employment Contract

Ninety-seven garment workers in Mandalay Region were sacked by their employers for refusing to sign a government contract, which they deemed as disadvantageous to the employees, a union leader said Sunday.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Traders for 81 Goods allowed to apply for Licences Online

Traders for a total of 81 goods have been allowed to apply for licenses to trade online under the Fully Online Licensing system implemented by the Department of Trade under the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MOB to allow Digital Payment System

Ongo, a digital financial service firm, and Myanmar Oriental Bank (MOB) have partnered up to reduce cash flow.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft Higher Education Law to be amended

The Ministry of Education and student representatives have agreed to amend the draft of the higher education law to make it more responsive to the needs of the country’s education system.
Date: 03 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Protester sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

A nationalist activist who was among those charged with sedition for holding a protest against government officials has been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison with manual labour.
Date: 30 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Construction Sector to submit Draft Apartment Law to Parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar.
Date: 27 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Central Rubber Market to open after Legislation

A central rubber market will open in 2019 after the new Rubber Law has been enacted, U Khaing Myint, secretary at the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Company Admin Obligations to be simplified under the Law

When the Myanmar Companies Law is enforced come August 1, firms will no longer need to submit physical copies of original documents to the authorities as a digital online system will be used going forward,” said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Labour Law may add Prison Term for Employer Violations

The Settlement of Labour Disputes Law will likely be amended to add prison penalties in the next parliament session, said an official of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Bill Committee on Monday.
Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government will enforce Rule to provide Instructions for Products

The Consumer Protection Central Committee of Myanmar has said all businesses must have a product usage guide describing how products such as medicines should be consumed and goods like electronics used. The announcement will be followed by an official notification.
Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government will enforce Rules to provide Instructions for Products

The Consumer Protection Central Committee of Myanmar has said all businesses must have a product usage guide describing how products such as medicines should be consumed and goods like electronics used. The announcement will be followed by an official notification.
Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft Bill against Real Estate Monopolies sent to Attorney General

A draft bill to prevent real estate monopolies and increase government tax revenue is being submitted to the Attorney General’s office, according to Deputy Planning and Finance Minister U Maung Maung Win.

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Traders for 81 Goods allowed to apply for Licences Online

Traders for a total of 81 goods have been allowed to apply for licenses to trade online under the Fully Online Licensing system implemented by the Department of Trade under the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Central Rubber Market to open after Legislation Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP License Renewals for Gem Blocks suspended until New Law stipulated, but Small-Scale Work permitted more

Protester sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

A nationalist activist who was among those charged with sedition for holding a protest against government officials has been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison with manual labour.

Government ‘hasn’t relaxed Death Penalty’ Mandalay City Official sacked for asking for Bribe Bill would raise Prison Time for Illegal Video Sellers more

Garment Workers fired for not signing Employment Contract

Ninety-seven garment workers in Mandalay Region were sacked by their employers for refusing to sign a government contract, which they deemed as disadvantageous to the employees, a union leader said Sunday.

Labour Law may add Prison Term for Employer Violations Workers call for Passage of New Occupational Safety Law House okays Higher Pension for Veterans more

Myanmar, Swiss Businesses discuss Need for IP, Investment Protection

Members of the local and Swiss business community discussed issues pertaining to Intellectual Property (IP) and investment protection community at the Myanmar-Switzerland Business Dialogue held Tuesday in Yangon.

Heftier Fines proposed for Illegal Video Copying Myanmar backslides on Freedom of Expression: Digital Rights Stakeholders Court allows Case to proceed against Tanintharyi Weekly more

Mandalay revokes Permits for 57 Apartments over Nonpayment

The Mandalay government has revoked the permits for the sale of 57 apartments under the government affordable housing programme after those who were given the rights to buy these units failed to make payment after one ye ...

No 100 per cent Foreign Ownership in Real Estate Bill to regulate Real Estate Brokers open to Public Court rules in Favour of MEC, deals a Blow to Farmer Land Rights more

Government removes 2 per cent of withholding Tax on Domestic Payments

The Ministry of Planning and Finance yesterday released its latest notification (47/2018) on withholding tax, which replaces notification (51/2017) released May 22, 2017.

Property weak on Canned Tax Amnesty Bill Tax Amnesty Law under Review, will be “Fair,” Minister says Yangon Tax Rates and Fines under Scrutiny more

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