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DFDL | June 2022

Pursuant to Directive No. 7/2022 issued by the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM“), relaxing the application of Notification 12/2022 (“De-dollarization Notification“), inter alia,  for the Myanmar Investment Commission (“MIC“) and Special Economic Zone companies, exporters and importers conducting activities under Myanmar-China and Myanmar-Thailand border trade, international organizations, INGOs, etc ...

DFDL | June 2022

DFDL would like to inform you that: On 21 and 23 June 2022, EVN/Electricity Power Trading Company (“EPTC”) issued respectively official letter no. 4024/EPTC-KDMD and official letter 4077/EPTC-KDMD (“EPTC’s Official Letter”) to project owners of power plants in Vietnam requesting projects owners to review and report on regulatory compliance of their relevant power plants ...

DFDL | June 2022

Pursuant to the enactment of the Myanmar Consumer Protection Law in 2019 (“Law“), the Ministry of Commerce (“Ministry“) under the State Administration Council (“SAC“) issued its implementing regulations by enforcing the Consumer Protection Rules (“CPR“). In this alert, DFDL draws attention to some of the salient features of the CPR ...

DFDL | June 2022

On March 31 of this year, Thailand submitted to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD“) its notification of ratification of the Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Convention or MLI) ...

DFDL | June 2022

The State Bank of Vietnam (“SBV”) released a draft Circular on 11 May 2022 strengthening conditions for non-government guaranteed foreign loans (the “Draft Circular”) which aims to replace Circular No. 12/2014/TT-NHNN (the “Current Circular”). In the Draft Circular, the SBV indicates its intention to tighten control over foreign loans to address the risks on currency fluctuation and the national debt limit ...

DFDL | June 2022

On the 25th of May 2022 the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Notification No. 10979 GDT on the “Required Documents to Support the Interest Charge on Related Party Loans” (“Notification 10979”). The key points to be taken from Notification 10979 are as follows: To ensure compliance with Prakas No. 986 MEF.P ...

DFDL | June 2022

The Government of Vietnam recently released a draft decree (“Draft Decree”) amending Decree 153/2020/ND-CP that was issued on 31 December 2020 on the trading of privately placed corporate bonds on the domestic market and selling corporate bonds on the international market (“Current Decree”). The Draft Decree was designed to facilitate a more transparent and effective corporate bond market ...

DFDL | June 2022

JOINT NOTIFICATION 0837 ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND THE MINISTRY OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, dated 1 April 2022 On 1 April 2022, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOC”) and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications issued Joint Notification 0837 setting out requirements for locally registered companies to use a level 2 national domain name “.com.kh” and e-mail address with level 2 national domain name “.com.kh” ...

DFDL | May 2022

On 24 May 2022, the Port Authority of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (“MOTC”) under the State Administration Council (“SAC”) of Myanmar issued an invitation for bids to be submitted to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a new international port terminal (“Project”) in Mawlamyine district of Mon State on the western coast of Myanmar’s southeastern peninsula ...

DFDL | May 2022

DFDL Myanmar’s Tax Team wishes to remind you: The deadline to file your annual tax returns is on 30 June! The submission deadline applies to all annual tax returns, specifically for Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”), Commercial Tax (“CT”), and the Personal Income Tax (“PIT”) Salary Statement for the financial year that ended 31 March 2022 (“FY 2021-2022”) ...

DFDL | May 2022

Article by Pisut Ratwong, Founder of Pisut and Partners, and Anne Coulon, Regional Legal Adviser of DFDL  An injunction is a Court order that enjoins a party either to perform a specific act, or to refrain from doing the same. ‘Interlocutory’, ‘Temporary’ or ‘Interim’ injunctions are used interchangeably. An injunction can serve as a guarantee that a debtor will return money or any liabilities to the applicant ...

DFDL | May 2022

The Ministry of Energy (“MOE”) under the State Administration Council (“SAC”) of Myanmar has issued two invitations for sealed bids to be submitted to function as: an operator and shareholder in the Yetagun Project (“Yetagun Project”) in the Moattama Offshore Area Blocks on a production-sharing contract basis (“PSC”); and a petroleum operator for the Htaukshabin-Kanni Oil Field (“HK Oil Field”) onshore oil fields on Improved

DFDL | May 2022

The year 2021 was marked by several changes in Myanmar. The change in government, along with the COVID-19 crisis, led to significant legislative developments that may have not yet been tracked by legal experts and industry players ...

DFDL | May 2022

On 17 February 2022, the Royal Government of Cambodia issued the Sub-Decree on the Organization and Functioning of the Cambodia Competition Commission (“CCC“) (No. 37 ANKR.BK) (“Sub-Decree“). The Sub-Decree provides the structure and function for the Cambodia Competition Commission, the regulatory authority designated under the Law on Competition ...

DFDL | May 2022

The State Administration Council (“SAC”) of Myanmar, by way of Order 33/2022, has reconstituted the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (“MOEE”) into two separate ministries: the Ministry of Electric Power (“MOEP”) and the Ministry of Energy (“MOE”) ...

DFDL | May 2022

On 28 March 2022, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued Notification 011/22 (“Notification”) to extend the deadline for foreign employee work permit applications from 31 March 2022 to 31 May 2022. The extension is aimed to help foreign employees who are not able to renew or apply for work permit on time in light of the COVID-19 outbreak ...

DFDL | April 2022

On 28 February 2022, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (“MOEE”) under the State Administration Council (“SAC”) of Myanmar published the Rules Amending the Electricity Rules (“Amendment”) with approval from the Union Government formed by the SAC ...

DFDL | April 2022

The Ministry of Planning and Finance issued Notification 20/2022 on 31 March 2022 reiterating that companies and non-profit organizations were required to obtain a Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN”) with the Internal Revenue Department (“IRD“). Under this Notification, companies and non-profit organizations that have not yet secured a TIN must apply for one by these deadlines: Taxpayer Deadline 1 ...

DFDL | April 2022

Lao PDR is following the regional trend of taxing the activities of non-resident E-Commerce and digital platform service providers. In this client update, we provide the key features and our commentary on the Ministry of Finance’s Notification on the Implementation of the Tax Obligations of the E-Commerce and Digital Platform No. 0541/MOF, dated 24 February 2022 (“the Notification”) ...

DFDL | April 2022

The Ministry of Finance of the Lao PDR has issued the Notification on the Implementation of the Tax Obligations of the E-Commerce and Digital Platform No. 0541/MOF, 24 February 2022 with the purpose to disseminate the Decree on Electronic Commerce No. 296/Gov, 12 April 2021 and the implementation of the tax obligations of the e-commerce and digital platform business operators in the Lao PDR. 1 ...

DFDL | April 2022

The below is a generic list of the key licenses, permits, declarations generally needed by a foreign investor (alone or in JV) to set up and operate a data center in Vietnam. This is not meant to address any specific situation and does not constitute a legal advice ...

DFDL | April 2022

Republic Act No. 11659 (“RA 11659”) or “An Act Amending Commonwealth Act No. 146 otherwise known as the Public Service Act” as amended, was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on 21 March 2022. The amendment of the Public Service Act was made pursuant to the State’s policy of encouraging private enterprise and expanding the base of investment in the country, with the goal of providing efficient, reliable, and affordable services to all ...

DFDL | April 2022

Myanmar will this month re-open for international flight arrivals after a two-year ban and will restart online visa applications, citing a significant decrease in COVID-19 infections across the country. The decision to resume foreign flights was made in line with the latest COVID-19 restrictions issued by the Ministry of Health under the State Administration Council (“SAC”) and was announced as a measure to support the Myanmar economy ...

DFDL | April 2022

The new Law on amending and supplementing a number of laws No. 03/2022/QH15 (the “New Law”) was passed by the National Assembly of Vietnam on 11 January 2022 and took effect from 1 March 2022. The New Law provides changes to nine current laws, which includes the Law on Electricity 28/2004/QH11, as amended from time to time (the “Law on Electricity 2004”) ...

DFDL | March 2022

The 31st of March is already an auspicious date in the Cambodian tax calendar: It is the deadline for most taxpayers in Cambodia to submit their annual Income Tax return. This year, however, the last day of March is also the deadline for non-resident e-commerce providers to register for value-added tax (“VAT”) in Cambodia ...

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