On June 14 and 15 the Centre for Economic and Social Development co-organised a conference at the Park Royal hotel in Yangon on how to Advance BIMSTEC Cooperation together with the Delhi Policy Group (DPG), the Asia Foundation and the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS).
The conference was attended by representatives from government, business and civil society from the BIMSTEC countries and addressed policy areas such as Trade and Economic Integration, Multi-modal Connectivity, Energy, People to People contact as well as other pertinent topics such as Gender, Food Security and Climate Resilience. (more…)
A joint effort between CESD and the Social Protection and Jobs team at the World Bank Myanmar resulted in rapid assessments across 6 regions across Myanmar in the span of 3 months. The recent field visit to both Mon and Kayin States marked the final phase of a series of assessments aimed at understanding the labor mobility patterns within Myanmar. These efforts are geared towards developing effective labour policies that are reflective of the current situation in the country which also answers the needs of the communities.
Recently, a group of researchers from the Centre for Social and Economic Development (CESD) conducted a rapid assessment study of aquaculture in Maubin and Twante townships in Ayeyarwaddy region as a part of its engagement with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Program (MYSAP). During the study researchers tried to identify the different components and characteristics of the aquaculture value chain by conducting focus groups and field visits. The researchers also had the chance to interact with fish farmers and fish pond owners thereby identifying some of the key challenges and issues that are being faced by them. All of the information gathered will be useful when the CESD is drafting the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP).
The month of March marked the completion of the 2nd phase of the Joint World Bank-CESD study on labour mobility in Myanmar. During a 2 week visit to the Dry Zone region in Mandalay and Magway, our research teams conducted interviews and focus group discussions (FDGs) with migrant workers, members of migrant households, government officials and representatives from the Civil Society Organisations. The study is focused on understanding the current labour mobility patterns and the migration process in order to develop strategies that promote jobs and effectively manage local and international labour mobility.
We are happy to announce that our 2018 Q1 Newsletter has been released! During thefirst quarter of 2018, CESD continued to mobilize domestic and international development resources to further Myanmar’s growth and development. Check out our first quarter newsletter on our recent research, events, and insights. Please direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 21 and 22, 2018, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), alongside the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Care International, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), hosted the Myanmar Rubber Forum 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw. This year’s theme, “Sustainable Rubber Value Chain Development,” brought together international, government, private and local stakeholders to provide inputs on how to assess, target and develop Myanmar’s rubber sector. Distinguished guests including H.E. Vice President U Myint Swe, H.E. U Aung Thu, Union Minister of MOALI, U Ye Tint Tun, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, U Yu Sein, Chairman of The Rubber Producers and PA, Dr. Christy Williams, Country Director of the World Wildlife Fund, and Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director of CESD opened the forum with their inputs and views of Myanmar’s rubber industry. (more…)
The CESD field team has been busy visiting townships in Chin and Shan State collecting data on cultivation practices and current practices. The baseline survey seeks to understand avocado cultivator practices and identify their challenges and needs. Avocados are a nutrient-rich, high protein fruit with extensive international demand, especially in large, developed markets such as the United States, Japan, and China. The baseline survey will ultimately provide a set of next steps and recommendations for the Myanmar government, private sector institutions, and NGOs to provide Myanmar’s budding avocado cultivators. (more…)
During February, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) collaborated on research with the World Bank during field visits in Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy in Myanmar. The field visits collected inputs for the World Bank’s ongoing Migration and Labour Mobility research. The research aims to promote jobs and facilitate labour mobility in Myanmar by deepening the policy dialogue, with a particular focus on labour mobility as a source of employment and productivity growth within the ASEAN region.
The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) recently attended the 3rd Stakeholders Forum on Labour Law Reform and Institutional Capacity Building in Nay Pyi Taw. Hosted by the International Labour Organization and sponsored by the European Union, the forum brought together a variety of stakeholders such as labour unions, business representatives, government ministries, and international organizations contributing to the ongoing labour reforms in Myanmar.
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.