Sector: Energy and Infrastructure

October 23, 2021

In the wake of a 2019 Supreme Court decision allowing Bangladesh courts to issue injunctions in support of foreign arbitration procedures, international commercial disputes with a Bangladesh angle might soon get a lot more complicated. Highlights of this note What happened in the case? What is the dispute before the Bangladesh court? Why would it […]

October 16, 2021

The “economic miracle of Bangladesh” has in part been fueled by a robust interest by Development Financial Institutions and International Financial Institutions. The Government has been driving an energy and infrastructure push, and has also put great effort on developing industrial zones. Reason enough to take another, updated look at project finance in Bangladesh. Highlights […]

July 21, 2021

On 20 July 2021, Cambodia’s state-owned electricity utility EDC has announced selected 12 prequalified bidders for the country’s National Solar Park Project, phase 2. Unfortunately, the identities of the selected bidders are not publicly announced. The pre-qualification is about the bidders’ experience and their financial strength. It does not include a review of their technical […]

May 30, 2021

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (MOIT) HAS recently released THE second draft circular regarding the implementation of the pilot program for direct power purchase agreement (DPPA) mechanisms between renewable energy developers/power generation companies and private power buyers/consumers (“Draft Circular“). Under the Draft Circular, there have been some changes compared to the previous […]

May 28, 2021

On 24 May 2021, the Electric Power Generation Enterprise (“EPGE”) under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Myanmar (“MOEE”) launched its second solar tender (Tender No. EPGE PV 02/ 2021-2022) in the same fashion as it did its first ever solar tender (Tender No. EPGE PV 01/ 2019-2020) in last year. The new tender […]

May 25, 2021

In order to reduce and relieve the economic impact from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Lao PDR, the Prime Minister’s Office has issued Notice No. 532/PMO dated 20 May 2021 (the “Notice”) specifying policies for further implementation by the relevant governmental authorities. 1. Tax policies Exemption from personal income tax for […]

May 14, 2021

On 10 May 2021, the Division of Health of Vientiane Capital (“DH.VTE”) issued Notice No. 378/DH (the “Notice”) requiring that those wishing to travel in and out of Vientiane Capital must apply for a permit from the COVID-19 Taskforce Committee to travel during the lockdown period up to 20 May 2021, or a further lockdown […]

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 […]