As Myanmar begins to integrate itself into the global economy, CESD has sought to connect global best practices in value chain development to Myanmar’s ongoing modernization. Between December 20-22nd, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) presented its findings at the International Chamber of Commerce and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ICC-ESCAP) Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. CESD’s Senior Program Coordinator, Ms. Nang Seng Pen, attended the workshop and presented CESD’s findings on how to upgrade Myanmar’s Agroforestry Value Chain. The value chain analysis specifically focused on rubber farmer development in Mon State, Myanmar.
The CESD is currently seeking to recruit an experience Myanmar national for the position of Research Coordinator who will be supporting the Deputy Director of Research in leading and managing several research projects. The Research Coordinator will be working on projects related to a wide variety of thematic areas reflecting the organization’s areas of expertise. The Research Coordinator would need to be enthusiastic, team-oriented and capable of handling research activities efficiently and independently in the absence of the Deputy Director of Research. Please see the attached for more details.
Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter and CV or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) No 27. Pyay Road, Hlaing Township, Yangon (behind 6 ½ mile bus stop) by 21st January 2018. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
Since May 2017, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) and International Growth Centre (IGC) have conducted research in Myanmar on the socio-economic conditions of hand pickers; freelance jade collectors who parse discarded soil and rocks from industrial mining. Many believe there are between 200,000-400,000 individuals working in the artisanal jade industry in Myanmar, with many self-employed as independent hand pickers. The research focuses on pickers who work shoulder to shoulder on the steep sides of towering loose rock formations. Landslides, malaria, and other hazards claim the lives of many pickers, however, individuals from all over Myanmar are driven by the allure of fortune to the hazardous occupation.
On 9 and 10 December, The Union of Myanmar Federations Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) held its second annual convention. Bringing together representatives of UMFCCI’s 30,000 members, the convention was a 2-day workshop filled with keynote speeches and discussions seeking to identify and synergize Myanmar’s business community’s efforts and goals. During the convention, the community established 2018’s national business agenda.
During the convention, CESD’s Chief of the Board of Directors, Dr. U Myint, presented a powerful keynote speech on the state of Myanmar’s economy, calling on the Myanmar government to focus on the economy alongside the peace process.
CESD has organized four workshops across Myanmar to solicit discussion and debate between stakeholders on the status of food and agriculture in Myanmar, especially food security, nutrition, land, and livelihoods. The workshops are part of an ongoing nation-wide dialogue on inadequacies and opportunities in Myanmar’s food and agriculture industry. The four workshops have served a multi-tiered role addressing policy shortcomings at the national and state levels, as well as coordinating public and private sector coordination to improve key agriculture sectors. (more…)
The CESD takes pride in its well-qualified and talented research staff who share a genuine passion for the socio-economic development of Myanmar. The researchers possess a wide variety of qualifications from reputed national and international universities with considerable amounts of experience of working in the field. The CESD pays special attention and encourages a healthy balance of gender and ethnic representation among its research staff in particular in order to get different perspectives that will enable in deriving interesting insights which can then be advocated as policy reforms to national and international stakeholders. (more…)
The CESD has been very active at the thematic area for labour market reforms and has participated in several workshops, trainings and event over the last quarter (July – September 2017). Please find a short summary of the key activities on the CESD Labour Newsletter – Issue 1!
CESD had the opportunity to organize an event on Trade and Investment policies for inclusive transformation in South East Asia along the ICTSD (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development). The conference aimed at discussing strategies for human capital development aiming to ensure sustainable and inclusive development through job creation, labour rights, and business-friendly policies.
CESD, along with ILO, participated in a seminar on minimum wage on 15th September 2017 with trade union committee leaders and members of different states/regions especially Yangon, Bago, Mandalay, Shan, Kachin and Sagaing. The seminar’s purpose is to help stakeholders understand strategic data usage and data analysis in post-survey completion. The Yangon Region Minister for Labour Affairs delivered the opening remarks. The trainers included Mr. Min Zarni Lin, Deputy Director of Research at CESD and Mr. Daniel Kostzer from the International Labour Organization (ILO).