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Italy: Code to Regulate Nongovernmental Organizations

(Oct. 4, 2017) On August 3, 2017, the new Code of the Third Sector entered into effect in Italy.  The new Code is part of a broader reform of the “third sector” that includes The “third sector” comprises organizations — such as associations, volunteer organizations, and philanthropic foundations – formed to pursue the common good, in order to reach […]

Iran: New Law Poses Health and Financial Problems for Thalassemia Sufferers

(Sept. 27, 2017) A recent Iranian law that in effect removes all foreign medications from the list of drugs covered by insurance organizations reportedly endangers the health of a large percentage of the country’s thalassemia patients and subjects them to heavy financial burdens.  (Law Creating Hurdles for Thalassemia Patients, FINANCIAL TRIBUNE (July 26, 2017).)  The […]

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 […]

Saudi Arabia: Shura Council Denies Social Media Reports on Resolution to Allow Women to Drive

(June 7, 2017) The official spokesman of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has denied social media reports that went viral at the end of March claiming that the Council was forwarding a resolution to the Council of Ministers seeking approval for the country’s women to drive. (Tariq A. Al-Maeena, Getting Behind the Wheel in Saudi Arabia, […]

Australia/New Zealand: Joint Regulatory System for Patent Attorneys Comes into Effect

(Mar. 1, 2017) On February 24, 2017, legislation implementing a joint Australia-New Zealand system for regulating patent attorneys came into effect. (Press Release, Arthur Sinodinos & Jacqui Dean, Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney Regulatory Regime in Effect (Feb. 24, 2017), Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science website.) The relevant New Zealand legislation was enacted in November 2016. […]

Italy: Legislation on Ministry of Foreign Affairs Implemented

(Feb. 21, 2017) On January 16, 2017, legislation reorganizing certain executive-level positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs entered into effect in Italy. (Decree of the President of the Republic, No. 260 of December 29, 2016, Regulations for the Implementation of Article 20 of Law No. 125 of August 11, 2014, and Other Amendments to […]

Laos: Proposed Amendment of Law on Promotion of Investment

(Nov. 28, 2016) On November 17, 2016, Laos’s Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Khamlien Pholsena, introduced a draft amendment to the 2009 Law on Investment Promotion to the National Assembly, the country’s legislature. (Somxay Sengdara, Law Amendment to Strengthen Investment Promotion, VIENTIANE TIMES (last updated Nov. 18, 2016); Law on Investment Promotion, No. 2/NA […]

Indonesia: Local Content Rules for Electronic Products

(Sept. 15, 2016) On July 26, 2016, the then Indonesian Minister of Industry, Saleh Husin, signed a new regulation on local content requirements for laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets; it became official the next day. (Permenperin [Regulation of the Ministry of Industry] No. 65, 2016, on Conditions and Procedures for Calculating the Value of the […]

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 […]

Indonesia: Procedural Simplification as Development Incentive

(Feb. 29, 2016) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, speaking on February 22, 2016, advocated building the country’s infrastructure and decreasing regulatory obstacles as vital to Indonesia’s economic competitiveness. The issue of competitiveness in the region is especially important, he said, now that Indonesia is part of the ASEAN Economic Community. “This is the era of competition […]