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Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP

Traders engaged in the export of goods to the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey will be able to apply for customs relief under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MPs, Officials welcome Ban on attending Commercial Events

Members of parliament and government officials on Tuesday welcomed the directive of the President’s Office prohibiting government officials from attending commercial events hosted by businessmen who are not cooperating with the government.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar drafts Hazardous Work List for Children

The government has finished drafting the list of occupations in which children are not allowed to engage due to safety reasons, an official of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said on Tuesday.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay City Official sacked for asking for Bribe

An information officer of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) was sacked for asking for a bribe and five other committee staff members and a police officer are under investigation for corruption, a senior city official said.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Listing Interest lackluster despite upcoming Law

Yangon, June 11 (MMT) -Though the new Myanmar Companies Law is less than three months away from being officially enforced, interest to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) has not picked up as substantially as expected, said U Thet Tun Oo, senior executive manager of the YSX.
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bill would raise Prison Time for Illegal Video Sellers

Nay Pyi Taw, June 5 (MMT) - Illegal distributors of videos will be punished with imprisonment and fines, according to the Television and Video Bill being debated in the Amyotha Hluttaw.
Date: 06 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry to monitor Students' Social Media

Jakarta, June 5 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia's Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister, Mohammad Nasir, has said the ministry will monitor students' social media to check radicalism on campuses.
Date: 05 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

PTD launches Consultation on Draft Directive on Tariffs for Telecom Licensees

Yangon, June 4 (MMT) - The draft Telecommunication Tariff Directive 2018, published by the transport ministry’s telecommunications department, is currently in public consultation process until June 30.
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Aid Money Projects are Tax Exempted: ministry

Yangon, June 4 (MMT) - All development projects implemented under grants, aids and Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans are exempted from income tax and commercial tax, according to a statement from the Ministry of Planning and Finance in late May.
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court refuses to drop Charges against Arakan Politician

Yangon, June 1 (MMT) - Rakhine State’s high court has rejected an appeal to dismiss charges filed against Arakan politician U Aye Maung an allegedly anti-government sermon he gave in Rathedaung township on January 15.
Date: 01 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Refugee Teacher jailed for Illegal Trip to Yangon

Yangon, June 1 (MMT) - For travelling without permission despite holding a National Verification Card issued by the government, a Muslim volunteer teacher has been sentenced to one year in prison by a court in Rakhine State.
Date: 01 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Consultation on Draft Mining EIA Guidelines begins

Yangon, June 1 (MMT) - Comments are invited on the two draft documents intended to guide those undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Initial Environment Examinations (IEE) and Environmental Management Plans (EMP) for the mining sector, including gemstones and jade, before June 15.
Date: 01 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Guidelines for Businesses to fight against Plastic Pollution issued

Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) has joined the grassroots movement Thant Myanmar which is fighting against pollution in the country.
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government seeks Approval to accept Japanese, French Loans

The Union government yesterday sought Parliamentary approval to accept French and Japanese loans to implement projects in the agriculture and healthcare sectors as well as for the upgrading of the Yangon-Mandalay Railway ...

Interim Budget approved in Parliament after 1.2 per cent Cut Interest Rates to remain unchanged until 2020: Central Bank MPs prevail over President on Audit Bill more

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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Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP

Traders engaged in the export of goods to the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey will be able to apply for customs relief under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

License Renewals for Gem Blocks suspended until New Law stipulated, but Small-Scale Work permitted Legislation needed to govern Industrial Zone Development K500,000 Fine for Unlicensed Thaingyan Private Pumps more

Mandalay City Official sacked for asking for Bribe

An information officer of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) was sacked for asking for a bribe and five other committee staff members and a police officer are under investigation for corruption, a senior city ...

Bill would raise Prison Time for Illegal Video Sellers Refugee Teacher jailed for Illegal Trip to Yangon Only Prosecutors can withdraw Criminal Cases, says Official more

Workers call for Passage of New Occupational Safety Law

Workers and labour advocacy groups are calling for the immediate passage of the new Occupational Safety and Health Law, which has been under discussion in parliament committee for over six years now.

House okays Higher Pension for Veterans Government makes it Official: Basic wage is K4800 Government drafting Policy on exporting Maids 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

Court rules in Favour of MEC, deals a Blow to Farmer Land Rights

A Myanmar court yesterday ruled in favour of the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) in a land rights case between the Tatmadaw-linked organisation and 33 farmers inhabiting land near the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SE ...

Mandalay Government to seize Idle Farmland Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon Growth submitted in Parliament Parliament warns Urban Planners to follow the Law 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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