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September 21, 2018

Myanmar Retailers Association requests rules regulating e-commerce websites

The Myanmar Retailers Association has requested the government to formulate clear rules and policies to regulate the e-commerce sector, said U Myo Min Aung, vice chairperson of the association.
“Multi national e-commerce websites, such as Alibaba, are reliable. But there are illegal trading sites. They lack a traceable background whenever something goes wrong, and so, we requested a law to tackle this,” he said at a recent meeting between Vice President U Myint Swe and the businessmen.
Rules and regulations concerning e-commerce websites should be incorporated into the Consumers Protection Law, he said.
“Some online shopping sites act as delivery services instead of shopping platforms, by buying products from department stores and
large shopping malls. Some imported goods skip the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations,” said U Myo Min Aung.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said it would take time to develop such a law. In a bid to tackle this problem prior to the legislation, directives and notifications will be issued, he said.
Additionally, the retailers requested the government to incorporate the facts concerning online products into laws and by-laws on copyright and distributor rights.
Digital marketing online lacks business licences and does not pay taxes.
The government loses revenue from this, and so, it should prioritise this issue, they said.

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