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Indonesia: President Signs Decree on Character Education

(Oct. 19, 2017) On September 6, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a presidential decree issuing a regulation on education designed to strengthen character. Widodo stated that the regulation had been prepared following input from a variety of interested parties across the country and that it would be followed up with the provision of technical […]

Vietnam: New Rules on Media for Children

(Oct. 13, 2017) On October 1, 2017, a new Ministry of Information and Communications circular, issued by Minister Truong Minh Tuan on June 23, 2017, came into force in Vietnam. It has provisions on media designed for children and requires warnings for viewer or reader discretion related to material not suitable for them.  The rules […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

Indonesia: Anti-Money Laundering and Terror Funding Rules Tightened

(Oct. 3, 2017) On September 13, 2017, Bank Indonesia, known in Indonesian as Bank Sentral Republik Indonesia, issued a new regulation designed to further limit money laundering and financing of terrorism. (Indonesia Tightens Rules to Curb Money Laundering, Terror Funding, REUTERS (Sept. 13, 2017).)  The regulation applies to non-bank financial service providers, including institutions that […]

Indonesia: Rules for Foreign Cruise Ships Liberalized

(Sept. 27, 2017) Regulations have come into effect this year in Indonesia that make it simpler for cruise ships and yachts to dock in the country’s ports; the changes include allowing them to register online. The purpose is to help the tourism industry and reach the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of 400 foreign cruise ships […]

Kyrgyzstan: Court Denies Ballot Petition of Opposition Leader

(Sept. 12, 2017) On August 31, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan upheld a lower court’s rejection of a petition to list opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev on the presidential election ballot this October. (Elizabeth Lowman, Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Put Imprisoned Opposition Leader on Ballot, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 31, 2017).)  Although a petition […]

Thailand: Land, Building Tax Draft Considered

(Sept. 5, 2017) Thailand is considering changes to its land and buildings tax, including a provision to allow local authorities in the future to appraise property values. The current system in which sometimes rental income is used to determine tax liability will be ended.  A draft bill on the subject, prepared by the Council of […]

Indonesia: Court Overturns Regulation on Car-Hailing Services

(Aug. 31, 2017) Following a June 2017 hearing, Indonesia’s Supreme Court announced that a government regulation on ride-hailing services contradicts the country’s laws. As a result, the Court annulled 15 articles of the regulation, including provisions on company logos on the cars, minimum and maximum fare limits, registration of vehicles under company names rather than […]

Vietnam: Foreigners Permitted to Own Homes for 99 Years

(Aug. 30, 2017) Under a draft law now being considered in Vietnam, foreigners would be allowed to own houses for as long as 99 years. In addition, anyone would be able to mortgage assets associated with land-use rights at foreign credit institutions.  The proposed legislation was discussed on August 2 by the Standing Committee of […]

Indonesia: Plan to Issue Regulation Requiring Local Sourcing of Materials

(Aug. 29, 2017) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (also called Jokowi) has announced plans to issue a new regulation requiring the use of local materials in all products made in Indonesia. According to Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who spoke on August 1, 2017, the regulation has been drafted and will be issued “within […]