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LAOS: Savannakhét Road Checkpoints Come Down in Bid to Boost Freight Flow

3 Oct 2019

In a bid to expedite the movement of freight transport, all inspection checkpoints along main roads in the Savannakhét province have been dismantled....Read More


CAMBODIA: Garment and Footwear Workers Set for US$190 Minimum Monthly Wage in 2020

30 Sept 2019

The minimum monthly wage for workers in the country’s garment and footwear sectors is set to increase to US$190 (from its current level of $182) as of 1 January next year....Read More


CAMBODIA: Online Certificate of Origin System Extended to Two Further Provinces

20 Sept 2019

The country’s online Certificate of Origin (CO) system has been extended to two more provinces bordering Vietnam – Prey Veng and Svay Rieng....Read More


THAILAND: Raft of FDI Incentives Launched to Woo Casualties of US-China Trade War

17 Sept 2019

In a bid to appeal to overseas companies caught in the crossfire of the ongoing China-US trade war, the country has unveiled an investment incentive package aimed at those businesses looking to reloca...Read More


INDONESIA: Tax Bill Cuts Corporate Liabilities and Targets Overseas E-Commerce Companies

16 Sept 2019

The country’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) is to be cut from its current level of 25% to 22% in 2021, before settling at 20% from 2023 onwards....Read More


CAMBODIA: Construction and Real Estate Sectors Face Regulatory Shakeup

13 Sept 2019

A new set of technical standards and procedures is to be introduced under the terms of the country’s proposed Construction Law, with the move seen as means of better regulating the rapidly-expanding d...Read More


INDONESIA: National Capital Set for 1,400 km Relocation by 2024

12 Sept 2019

The government has confirmed plan to relocate the country capital to a new purpose-built site. This will see all government agencies, except for the central bank and a number of related economic depar...Read More


VIETNAM: FDI Applications Set for Increased Scrutiny

9 Sept 2019

The Political Bureau (Politburo) of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the country’s highest decision-making authority, has called on all government bodies to step up their scrut...Read More


INDONESIA: Government Bids to Nurture Domestic Electric Vehicle Sector

29 Aug 2019

Under the terms of the recently-issued Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019, the development of domestic facilities for the manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs) and related components is to be p...Read More


VIETNAM: Import Duty Exemptions Planned for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Components

27 Aug 2019

Automotive parts imported into the country for the domestic assembly/manufacture of green/alternative fuel vehicles are to be exempt from import duties under the terms of a proposed move championed by...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Cuts to Corporate Income Tax and Overhaul of FDI Incentives Mooted

26 Aug 2019

The corporate income tax (CIT) rate is set to be cut from its current level of 30% to 20% by 2029. The move forms part of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA), which is expected...Read More


LAOS: Government Vetoes Unsustainable Vang Vieng Tourism Projects

23 Aug 2019

Tourism projects in the popular Vang Vieng district of the country’s Vientiane province are to be vetoed if they are deemed to be environmentally unsustainable....Read More


MYANMAR: Online Construction Permit System Set to Cut Processing Time by 50%

19 Aug 2019

The Yangon Building Permit System (YBPS), an online construction permit facility, is to be piloted among duly-accredited architects and construction engineers in Yangon, the country’s commercial capit...Read More


VIETNAM: Clarification Issued with Regard to Use of “Made in Vietnam” Designation

9 Aug 2019

In a bid to ensure the “Made in Vietnam” citation is correctly deployed, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has issued a circular specifying the criteria for determining whether goods have been...Read More


MYANMAR: Trading on Stock Exchange Opened-Up to Non-Locals

2 Aug 2019

Foreign nationals and overseas entities – including locally-registered wholly foreign-owned enterprises as well as joint-ventures with local businesses – are to be permitted to buy shares on the Yango...Read More


MYANMAR: In-Depth Proposals Now Mandatory for Prospective Investors

1 Aug 2019

As of 1 August, this year, prospective investors will be required to supply more information when submitting proposals. In line with this, the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations has...Read More


PHILIPPINES: State Moves to Support Start-Ups and Provide Easier Access for Overseas Investors

26 July 2019

In a bid to promote innovation among its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as well as to ease the entry of foreign investors into the country’s emerging start-up sector, the Innovative Star...Read More


MALAYSIA: Construction Permit Approval Time Cut from 390 Days to 90

23 July 2019

The maximum time for a construction permit to be approved has been cut to 90 days, a considerable reduction from the somewhat lengthy 390-day limit that previously applied....Read More


CAMBODIA: Trade Portal Set to Streamline Export Procedures and Curb Corruption

18 July 2019

With the country’s National Single Window (NSW) system now up and running, it is expected that traders will benefit from streamlined customs clearance procedures, including the facility to submit impo...Read More


LAOS: Legal Framework for Future Anti-Dumping Measures Officially Adopted

17 July 2019

A legal framework has been adopted, which, for the first time, will facilitate any future imposition of anti-dumping/countervailing measures on imported products....Read More

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