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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 […]

Sri Lanka: Supreme Court Rules Against New Tax Law

(Aug. 28, 2017) On August 4, 2017, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, announced that he had been informed that the Supreme Court would not approve the proposed new Inland Revenue Act. (Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Shoots Down Tax Reforms, DAILY STAR (Aug. 6, 2017).)  Under the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the […]

Mauritania: Senate Abolished in Referendum

(Aug. 22, 2017) On August 5, 2017, Mauritania held a referendum in which the country voted to change to its government structure, abolishing the Senate. (Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi, Mauritania Votes in Referendum to Abolish Senate, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 7, 2017).) Previously there was a bicameral legislature that consisted of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) and the National […]

Indonesia: Fishing Regulation to Be Implemented

(July 20, 2017) Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, recently announced that the use of cantrang, a kind of seine net for fishing, will no longer be permitted in Indonesian waters after December of this year. Cantrangs are part of a class of nets considered harmful to the environment in general and to […]

Sri Lanka: New Tax Law Designed to Facilitate Investment

(July 20, 2017) Sri Lanka’s parliament recently adopted new tax legislation. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance and Media, Mangala Samaraweera, described the new Inland Revenue Act as designed to make the country attractive to investors. Provisions that will broaden the tax base and simplify the system, he says, will create an investor-friendly atmosphere.  (Sri Lanka’s […]