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SINGAPORE: Digital Trade Agreement Concluded with Chile and New Zealand

24 Jan 2020

The country has concluded negotiations relating to a Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) with both Chile and New Zealand....Read More


PHILIPPINES: New Moves Made to Streamline Business Establishment Procedures

22 Jan 2020

Commercial entities located in Central Business Districts (CBDs) or city shopping malls will no longer be required to secure locational clearance prior to registering for a licence or renewing one....Read More


MYANMAR: Anti-Corruption Move Sees Investment Procedures Set to be Digitalised

17 Jan 2020

In a bid to streamline the country’s business processes, while mitigating the risk of corruption and irregular payments to state officials, the country’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administ...Read More


LAOS: Auto-Part Import Procedures Streamlined

16 Jan 2020

Permits are no longer required for the import of automotive parts for use in domestic manufacture and assembly....Read More


SINGAPORE: Revised and Extended New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Comes into Effect

15 Jan 2020

The Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP) – an update to the existing Free Trade Agreement between the two countries – has now come into effect....Read More


MALAYSIA: Draft Licensing Framework for Digital Banks Issued

14 Jan 2020

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the country’s central bank, has issued a draft proposal relating to the issue of digital banking licences – the Exposure Draft on Licensing Framework for Digital Banks....Read More


INDONESIA: Maximum Daily Duty-Free E-Commerce Import Entitlement Cut to US$3

13 Jan 2020

The total permitted daily duty free per allowance for e-commerce imports was reduced to US$3 (from $75) as of 1 January this year....Read More


MALAYSIA: List of Locations for Implementation of Higher Monthly Minimum Wage Released

10 Jan 2020

The country’s Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) has released a list of the 57 locations where the previously announced RM1,200 (US$286) monthly minimum wage has been mandatory since 1 January this ye...Read More


MALAYSIA: Mandatory Anti-Corruption Measures Introduced for Publicly-Listed Companies

9 Jan 2020

As of 1 June 2020, all companies listed on the Main Market and the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia, the country’s stock exchange, as well as their subsidiaries, are to be obliged to establish the anti-co...Read More


THAILAND: Enhanced Incentives Announced for FDI Projects in Eastern Economic Corridor Provinces

8 Jan 2020

All FDI-backed projects located in Thailand’s eastern coastal provinces of Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong, which geographically make up the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), are to now become eligib...Read More


PHILIPPINES: One-Stop Business Registration Services Access Facility Set for 2020 Launch

7 Jan 2020

A one-stop facility for the registration of new businesses in the Philippines is to be launched in early 2020. The service, when implemented, will allow applicants to submit documentation and complete...Read More


VIETNAM: Government Launches E-Commerce Monitoring and Reporting Websites

6 Jan 2020

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has launched separate websites designed to help tackle two common e-commerce-related concerns – illicit and suspect transactions and unsatisfactory purchase d...Read More


VIETNAM: Customs Data Sharing Agreement Signed with the US

20 Dec 2019

In a bid to enhance security cooperation and facilitate trade, the country has signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) with the US....Read More


VIETNAM: One-Stop Government Services Access Portal Goes Live

19 Dec 2019

The National Public Service Portal, a countrywide one-stop online government access point, has now gone live....Read More


THAILAND: Daily Minimum Wage to Rise by 5-6 Baht as of 1 January 2020

18 Dec 2019

The country’s daily minimum wage for unskilled workers is set to increase to Baht 313-336 (US$10.31-11.07) from its current level of Baht 308-330 (US$10.15-10.87) as of 1 January next year....Read More


INDONESIA: Overseas E-Commerce Businesses Obliged to Establish In-Country Presence

17 Dec 2019

Any overseas businesses that sell products or services to customers in Indonesia via electronic channels are now obliged to establish a permanent physical presence in the country or to appoint designa...Read More


THAILAND: Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement Feasibility Study Given the Go-Ahead

16 Dec 2019

A mooted Free Trade Agreement (FTA) topped the agenda at the recent Thailand-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Summit, with the proposed treaty expected to extend across the services sector, wit...Read More


VIETNAM: Value of FDI Contribution to be Key to Determining Investor Visa Duration

13 Dec 2019

The value of the capital contribution made to an FDI project in Vietnam is to become the primary factor in determining the duration of the associated investor visas....Read More


CAMBODIA: 12-Month FTA Feasibility Study Initiated with South Korea

12 Dec 2019

The country is to jointly participate with South Korea on a feasibility study into a potential Free Trade Agreement (FTA)....Read More


PHILIPPINES: South Korea Free Trade Agreement on Course to be Concluded by Mid-2020

11 Dec 2019

A progress report – the Early Achievement Package (EAP) – has been issued as an update on the country’s ongoing negotiations with South Korea with regard to a mooted Free Trade Agreement (FTA)....Read More

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