Sector: Energy and Infrastructure

April 20, 2021

On the night of 14 April, the Cambodian Government ordered a number of restrictions in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 infections by means of Decision nr. 49 SR dated 14 April 2021 (“Decision 49“). The regulation was follow up by an amendment providing some additional details by Decision nr. 50 dated 17 April […]

April 15, 2021

In accordance with the recent Government directed business closures and stay-at-home orders, we would like to inform you as follows: VDB Loi in Phnom Penh will continue to operate, with the help of our cloud technology, through online processes and work-from-home.  Tax filings and government filings will continue insofar these are possible by distance/online. Tax […]

March 30, 2021

With the current drastic increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in Cambodia and to help prevent the spread of contagious diseases, the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia enacted the Law on Measures to Prevent COVID-19 and Other Fatal and Harmful Diseases on 11 March 2021 (the “COVID Law”) and Sub-Decree No. 37 […]

February 18, 2021

On 17 February, EDC has received 14 bids, at the tender for Phase 2 of the National Solar Park project which is more than generally expected. Phase 2 comprises a 40MW solar project in the Cambodian province of Kampong Chhnang, a few hours driving from the capital Phnom Penh On 1 December 2020, Cambodia’s public […]

January 11, 2021

昨年12月1日、EDC(カンボジア電力公社)はナショナル・ソーラー・パーク・プロジェクトのフェーズ2の入札を発表した。2019年に実施したフェーズ1の出力60MW 入札では、タイのプライム・ロード・アルタナティブが落札した。 本稿のハイライト プライム・ロードが注目されるが、何が起きてもおかしくない。 事前資格審査は簡単、現地調達義務も資本参加義務もなし。 カンボジアのPPAは信頼性が高く魅力的。 用地取得は問題とはならない。 入札でVAT(付加価値税)をどう扱うか。 コロナ禍での建設最終期限はいつ。 私の予測

January 11, 2021

昨年12月1日、EDC(カンボジア電力公社)はナショナル・ソーラー・パーク・プロジェクトのフェーズ2の入札を発表した。2019年に実施したフェーズ1の出力60MW 入札では、タイのプライム・ロード・アルタナティブが落札した。 本稿のハイライト プライム・ロードが注目されるが、何が起きてもおかしくない。 事前資格審査は簡単、現地調達義務も資本参加義務もなし。 カンボジアのPPAは信頼性が高く魅力的。 用地取得は問題とはならない。 入札でVAT(付加価値税)をどう扱うか。 コロナ禍での建設最終期限はいつ。 私の予測

January 4, 2021

On 1 December 2020, Cambodia’s public utility the Electricité du Cambodge (“EDC”) launched a tender for the second phase of its National Solar Park project. The first phase, 60MW, had been won by Prime Road Alternative of Thailand after a competitive tender in 2019. Highlights of this note Prime Road is the one to watch, […]

December 4, 2020

Clients have been often raising queries relating to the process and actions required to arrange for a travel to Myanmar by an expatriate employee. There are many cases when people have been outside of Myanmar since the beginning of 2020. For many, their previously issued Myanmar visas are about to expire. Although modern technology allows […]

November 29, 2020

In response to several COVID incidents linked to international travel and foreign diplomats, the Cambodian Ministry of Health is sharpening the measures applicable to most international travelers arriving in the country.

October 30, 2020

The PPP Center, created in late 2018 pursuant to the Project Bank Notification, has finally issued its first notification on guidelines for unsolicited proposals, dated 2 October 2020 (the “Guidelines”), nearly two years after its inception. The Guidelines apply to unsolicited proposals, i.e., proposals made by the private sector directly to a government entity for […]

October 5, 2020

入札提案書の審査が終わり第一次落札者は決まった。2020年6月に告知されたミャンマーでは最大激戦と言われる再生可能エネルギーに関する入札の焦点は落札企業が本当にプロジェクトを履行し入札で定められた厳しいスケジュール内で完成させられるかに移った。 ハイライト(要点) 入札書作成の準備時間が本当に短かったのだろうか。 中国企業は政府から不公平なアドバンテージを受けていたのだろうか。 電気代はいくらであろか。 果たして、プロジェクトは予定通り履行されるのか。 同様の入札が今後もあるのだろうか。従来のネゴベースの査定はあるのか

September 30, 2020

Proposals have been evaluated, preliminary winners have been selected. The focus on Myanmar’s largest ever competitive tender for renewable energy, launched in June 2020, is now shifting to whether the winning bidders can indeed get their projects implemented, and do so within the strict time limits set out in the tender. Highlights of this note […]

August 31, 2020

Employers should be aware that 2021 labor compliance deadlines are approaching. The period to apply to the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) for the 2021 quota approval for foreign employees is now open and runs from 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020. Applications for work permit renewals for 2021 are to be […]

August 30, 2020

As Myanmar is experiencing a new wave of local COVID-19 transmissions and the outbreak is continuing to disrupt Myanmar’s economy and business operations, the government has just added 71 new projects to the Project Bank, for a grand total of 129 projects that are now officially endorsed and prioritized by the Myanmar government.

August 27, 2020

Today sees the entry into force of the new Law on Land No. 70/NA dated 21 June 2019 (the “2019 Land Law”), which among other things, includes new provisions concerning the limited ownership of land-use rights by foreigners under certain circumstances, and the limited ownership of individual units in a condominium or apartment building. This […]

August 25, 2020

The Law on Insurance (amended) No. 78/NA dated 29 November 2019, (the “Amended Insurance Law”) came into effect on 14 April 2020, after it was promulgated by the President of the Lao PDR on 10 January 2020 and published in the Official Gazette on 30 March 2020. The Amended Insurance Law has effectuated several major […]

July 30, 2020

The tender launched in May by the Electric Power Generation Enterprise (“EPGE”) for 30 sites totaling 1,060MW in Myanmar made quite a splash and was even subject to an unsuccessful claim by the newly created Myanmar Competition Commission for illegally discriminating against foreign bidders.   Bids were due on 17 July 2020 with reportedly a total of 155 proposals submitted. With controversies now behind them, hopeful bidders awaiting […]

July 30, 2020

The Corona Pandemic hits Myanmar nearly at the same time as the new Insolvency Law 2020 (“the IL” was enacted on 14 February 2020). We all hope that the damage to the Myanmar economy will be as limited as possible, but it does not hurt to prepare for tough times ahead. Highlights of this note […]

June 2, 2020

The MOEE is in the final stages of approving an extension of the bid submission deadline for the Myanmar solar tender. It is expected that the MOEE will announce an official extension within the next day from 18 June 2020 to 17 July 2020.  VDB Loi is organizing a webinar on Thursday 4 June 2020 to […]

May 31, 2020

VDB Loi is trying to do its part in Myanmar’s efforts to stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Ministry of Electricity and Energy has launched a 1 Gig solar project tender, we have asked our relationships at state and regional governments, local clients and other contacts if they have any suitable land […]