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New Zealand: Agreements with Five Countries Exclude Compulsory Investor-State Dispute Settlement Processes

(Mar. 26, 2018) On March 9, 2018, the New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, announced that the government has signed “side letters” with five other countries that are also party to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, also referred to as TPP11) that exclude compulsory investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) […]

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 […]

China: Catalog of Foreign Investment Industries Updated

(Aug. 7, 2017) On June 28, 2017, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released the 2017 edition of the Catalog for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries, which came into effect on July 28, 2017 (2017 Catalog). The 2017 Catalog cuts 30 “special administrative measures” restricting foreign investment, from […]

Indonesia: Regulation on Shell Companies Issued

(Aug. 29, 2016) On August 19, 2016, Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance issued a regulation designed to support the tax amnesty program already adopted by the House of Representatives at the end of June under Law No. 11 on Tax Forgiveness. The amnesty program is aimed at encouraging the repatriation of Indonesian assets from abroad. (Ayomi […]

Singapore/Sri Lanka: Development Agreement Signed

(July 26, 2016) On July 18, 2016, Singapore and Sri Lanka concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on investment by Singaporean businesses in Sri Lanka. The pact was signed by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, a government agency, and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development of Sri Lanka; it is the first MOU signed between Sri […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of illegal logging and a land dispute in Kratie Province of eastern Cambodia. The provincial court […]

Ghana: Parliament Passes Revised Law Governing Investments

(July 30, 2013) On July 18, 2013, Ghana’s Parliament adopted the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Bill 2013, which, if signed into law by Ghana’s President, will introduce changes to the country’s investment laws and institutions. (Parliament Passes GIPC Bill, GHANA BROADCASTING CORP. (July 24, 2013); Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Bill, Parliament of Ghana website (July […]

Burma: Amended Foreign Investment Law Published

(Nov. 28, 2012) On November 1, 2012, the Pyithu Hluttaw, Burma’s Parliament, passed amendments to the Foreign Investment Law that it adopted just two months ago. President U Thein Sein, who had recommended that the Law be revised, signed the revisions into law on November 2, and the amended legislation was published the following day. […]

Burma: New Foreign Direct Investment Law Adopted

(Sept. 12, 2012) On September 7, 2012, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union, the parliament of Burma) approved a new Foreign Investment Law, after several months of parliamentary debate and adjustments to the draft legislation “as proposed changes have gone back and forth between the assembly and the president’s office.” (Aung Hla Tun, Myanmar […]