Law Digest June 2021
E-Commerce and transportation
Prakas No. 100 PrK SK DCK dated 21 June 2021 “On conditions and procedure for issuing permits to operate in the digital technology system of transportation by land”.
Prakas describe conditions and procedure for registration and issuance of permits to companies that provide services via digital technology system for land transportation (e.g. ride hailing) within the Kingdom of Cambodia. Prakas set the certification and permitting requirements, validity and conditions of permits revocation and describe the online filing system via the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.
Prakas No. 338 SHV PrK dated 3 June 2021 “On the Provisional Penalty Procedure on The Offends Under the Consumer Protection Law”.
Prakas No. 338 provide for the penalty procedure in connection with the offenses stated in articles 41, 44, 45, 48 and 49 of the Consumer Protection Law (they include unfair acts regarding goods, misleading representations, unfair practices, “pyramid” schemes and others). The penalties are stated in the Consumer Protection Law of Cambodia.
Sub-decree No. 82 ANKr PrK dated 9 June 2021 “On the Organization and Functioning of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee Organizing Land Management and Usage Policy for the Development of Preah Sihanouk Province as a Model Multi-Purposes Special Economic Zone”.
On 9 June 2021 the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) established an Inter-ministerial committee for the development of Preah Sihanouk Province as a Model Multi-purposes Special Economic Zone (“Committee”).
This Committee has the responsibility to lead and coordinate strategic planning relating to the usage policy and land aspects in the Preah Sihanouk Special Economic Zone.
Notification No. 029/21 dated 10 June 2021 “on the Update of Employees’ Address to the Competent Authority”.
Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training informed all directors of factories, enterprises and employees on the need to provide an update about current residential addresses of the employees to the competent authority via online platform by 25 June 2021.
Pandemic-related procedures and restrictions
Notice No. 015 dated 19 June 2021 on “Permission Conditions to Travel In and Out Vientiane Capital from 20 June to 4 July 2021”.
The COVID-19 Taskforce Committee of Vientiane Capital issued Notice No. 015 specifying the conditions for local and foreign individuals, legal entities and organizations to travel in and out of Vientiane Capital from 20 June to 4 July 2021. The Notice stipulates groups of people who are allowed, not allowed and must apply for a permit to travel in and out of Vientiane Capital.
I. Persons who can travel in and out of Vientiane Capital without a permit:
- Leader’s convoy, ambulances, fire trucks, COVID-19 Taskforce Committee cars, cargo trucks, project trucks and trucks that transporting production equipment;
- Persons who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination;
- Persons who have been cured of COVID-19 with a certificate from a hospital.
II. Persons who must obtain a permit before travel in and out of Vientiane Capital:
- Ambassadors, experts, officers of the international organizations;
- Government officials, national defense forces and security forces;
- Employees of private enterprise;
- Lao people and foreigners.
Persons who stay in areas with community transmission of COVID-19 (red zones) are prohibited to travel in and out of Vientiane Capital.
Notice No. 671/PMO dated 19 June 2021 on “Reinforcement Measures on Containment, Prevention and Comprehensive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the period of 20 June to 4 July 2021”.
The Prime Minister’s Office issued the Notice to require continued compliance with the reinforcement measures as provided in the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15/PM dated 21 April 2021, the Notice No. 595/PMO dated 4 June 2021 and other measures; and extended the lockdown for 15 more days from 20 June to 4 July 2021.
Order No. 3725 dated 26 June 2021 on “Using of the “LaoSuSu” services to prevent, control and solve the outbreak of COVID-19”.
The COVID-19 Taskforce Committee of Vientiane Capital issued Order No. 3725 ordered all smartphone users to install the LaoKYC App to access the “LaoSuSu” services on their mobile devices. All entrance and exit points at all locations require a QR code scan for check-in via their mobile devices.
Official Fees and Service Charges
Presidential Decree No. 002/P dated 17 July 2021 on “Official Fees and Service Charges”.
The Lao government has adjusted the official rates and collection items to be in line with the changing circumstances of socio-economic development, and the President issued Presidential Decree No. 002/P on Official Fees and Services Charges to replace the Presidential Decree No. 003/P dated 26 December 2012. The Presidential Decree will be come into effect within 15 days of publication in the Lao Official Gazette.
Invitations For Bids
Invitation For Bid No. 1279 dated 16 June 2021 on “Procurement of Network Infrastructure and Security Equipment for the Government Financial Information System (GFIS)”.
The Ministry of Finance issued Invitation For Bid No. 1279 to invite enterprises or companies who are interested in submitting bids between 21 June to 12 July 2021. The bids must be submitted before 15:30 pm on July 12, 2021. Such companies must have a telecommunications business license on the sale and installation of IT equipment in accordance with the laws of the Lao PDR and have a tax payment certificate for fiscal year 2020.
Invitation For Bid No. 1278 dated 16 June 2021 on “Procurement of Network Equipment and Monitoring, Security Management System of the Ministry of Finance”.
The Ministry of Finance issued Invitation For Bid No. 1278 to invite enterprises or companies who are interested in submitting bids between 17 June to 7 July 2021. The bids must be submitted before 15:30 pm on July 7, 2021. Such companies must have a telecommunications business license on the sale and installation of IT equipment in accordance with the laws of the Lao PDR and have a tax payment certificate for fiscal year 2020.
Invitation For Bid No. 1155 dated 2 June 2021 on “Bidding for the Companies to Develop a Taxpayer Identification Number System for Individuals through the Application (PTIN)”.
The Ministry of Finance issued Invitation For Bid No. 1155 to invite information system development companies in the Lao PDR who are interested in submitting bids to develop a taxpayer identification number system for individuals through the application (PTIN), which the bidding was closed on 18 June 2021.
Reformation of Management Committees of Special Economic Zones – structure and members of management committees of various special economic zones were published (published in Government Gazette, dated 18 June 2021).
Banking & Finance
Letter No. Nga Ka Sa/ Ka Ka-6 (297/2021) dated 7 June 2021 of the Financial Regulatory Department (“FRD”) on “the Operation Procedure on Approval of the Extension of Stay Permit and Re-retry Visa of Foreigners Working in Microfinance Institutions”.
FRD letter regulates the extension of stay permits and re-entry visa applications for foreigners who are working in microfinance institutions in Myanmar. The letter specifies that foreigners shall apply the extension two weeks in advance. The Letter describes the documents that must be included with the application.
Letter No. Ma Ba Ba/ Na Pa Ta/ FSI/ (105/2021) dated 16 June 2021 by the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM”) on “Informing to All Banks to Use Digital Payment Systems to Facilitate Cash Management”.
The letter provides guidance on the performance of various banking operations and also urges the broader use of digital payment mechanisms.
Preliminary draft on “Guidelines of Business Continuity Planning for Financial Institutions (CBM-NET BCP) by the CBM”.
BCP guidelines contain details for maintaining the economic activity in disaster areas (as they are defined in the guidance), preventing widespread payment and settlement disorder and reducing managerial risks of financial institutions.
Pandemic related procedures and restrictions
Announcement of the Supreme Court of Myanmar (“SCM”) to visitors
SCM announcement requires visitors to SCM from regions other than the Naypyitaw Union Territory shall have an RPT test negative result taken within prior 72 hours. For visitors coming from Naypyitaw Union Territory, recommendation letter from township administration officer shall be taken.