myanmar - General & Misc

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Bagan to be included in the list of world heritage sites.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest

A court has sentenced three Kachin ethnic activists to half a year in prison for raising the plight of civilians trapped by fighting between the Tatmadaw and a Kachin armed group. The court’s decision has come under fire for further stifling the already-deteriorating freedom of speech in Myanmar.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Employers encouraged to embrace Disability Inclusion

There is a business case for hiring and supporting disabled employees, and companies can now do so with the help of a guidebook.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Eights Shops fined for using banned Dyes in Mandalay

Authorities have fined eight shops for using banned dyes in their products at Zaychodaw market in Mandalay city, which was declared a dye-free market in July, the regional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office said.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry sues Job Agency for Licence Breach

The labour ministry has sued an overseas employment agency in Yangon Region for operating without a licence, according to police.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Industry signs Agreement on helping to boost Automotive Sector

The European Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (EuroCham) and local industry organisation Myanmar Automotive Group (MAG) have signed an agreement to cooperate on efforts to advocate for a stronger automotive industry in Myanmar.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

New Investment-related Ministry to be announced

The National League for Democracy-led government is going to add one more ministry soon which is likely to deal with investment matters.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

21 Bills to be tackled in upcoming 10th Regular Sitting of Parliament

The 10th regular sitting of the Hluttaw will start on November 12 and is expected to debate reports about the budget, taxes, and national debt for the fiscal year 2017-18.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government collects 20 per cent more in Taxes

The Internal Revenue Department (IRD), which collects 80 percent of all taxes in the country, collected K2.5 trillion across five categories of taxes during the six-month interim budget period between April and September. This is 20pc more than forecast, according to a statement issued by the department.
Date: 31 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar Rights Commission urges Repatriation of Refugees

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to immediately start the repatriation of more than 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine State who fled to Bangladesh.
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Retired Prosecutor nominated for Yangon Advocate General

A retired prosecutor who also served as director of the Myanmar Attorney General’s Office has been nominated for the post of Yangon Advocate General, replacing U Han Thoo, who faces a bribery charge.
Date: 27 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Renewable Energy Law in the Works to speed up Development

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is drafting a renewable energy law to develop the sector, said U Maung Maung Kyaw, Chief Engineer from the Department of Renewable Energy and Hydropower Plants under the MOEE.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Thailand to legalize Illegal Fish Workers

Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage.
Date: 13 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Representatives call for Review of SOE Law

Representatives of Parliament have urged lawmakers to review an existing law under which the government must bail out loss-making State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with public funds.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

ASEAN stands by a Friend in Need, despite Differences

Response from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the way Myanmar is handling the northern Rakhine crisis has been mixed.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Officials seek Legal Advice on Karen Martyrs Day Organisers

Local officials in Hinthada township in Ayeyarwady Region are still awaiting legal advice whether to sue the organizers of the Karen Martyrs Day event held last weekend, township administrator U Than Naing said.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Restrictions imposed on Reporters covering the Parliament

Before the start of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting, on August 15, journalists were given a paper that contained 18 rules they have to abide when gathering news in the parliament.
Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government embraces Digital Registration System for Businesses

With the Myanmar Companies Law now enforced, investors intending to start business in the country should register their firms online at the Myanmar Companies Online (MyCO) website from August 1 onwards, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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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.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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