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Easing of Foreign-Owned Restrictions on Telecommunications, Treasury Center and Software Development Businesses in Thailand

NO&T Thailand Legal Update

Yothin Intaraprasong, Chattong Sunthorn-opas (Co-author)
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
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NO&T Thailand Legal Update No.7 (November, 2020)
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*Please note that this newsletter is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. In addition, it is based on information as of its date of publication and does not reflect information after such date. In particular, please also note that preliminary reports in this newsletter may differ from current interpretations and practice depending on the nature of the report.

Currently, the Thai government is working on the draft ministerial regulation on prescribing service businesses which do not require a foreign business license No. 5 of … (“Draft”) to exempt three (3) further specific businesses from the ambit of restricted business under the Foreign Business Act of 1999 (“FBA”), i.e.: i) telecommunications services; ii) treasury centers; and iii) software development businesses. The purposes of the exemption are (i) to reduce the redundancy in regulatory requirements between the Department of Business Development (“DBD”), which is the regulator with general oversight in respect of restrictions on foreign-owned businesses, and other regulators exercising specific supervision such businesses, and (ii) to promote an investment-friendly environment for foreign investors in Thailand.

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