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Enterprise survey preliminary findings presented to Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MoLES)

CESD presented the preliminary findings of their enterprise survey, which looked at labour market issues in the garment and food processing sectors, to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security on 27 January 2016.  Issues included the low levels of labor representation, signs of worker dissatisfaction (as reflected in quite a high incidence of strikes), the gap between actual wages and the new minimum wage (the survey was conducted prior to the establishment of a minimum wage), high labor turnover rates, limited investment in human capital development, and firms’ difficulties in finding skilled labor. The IDRC-funded research found that the greatest challenge for businesses was the ability to access skilled labor, followed by access to a reliable electricity supply.

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Launch of research report into aquaculture, 28 January 2016

Findings from research undertaken by CESD, Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) were presented to industry stakeholders, government representatives, development partners, researchers and members of the media in Yangon on 28 January 2016. (more…)

Launch of research report into aquaculture

Rapid growth in Myanmar’s fish farming industry is supporting higher rural incomes, greater job opportunities, and improved nutrition, health and well-being, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The research report, “Aquaculture in transition: Value chain transformation, fish and food security in Myanmar”, was released to industry stakeholders and government representatives at a workshop in Yangon on 28 January 2016.

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A quiet revolution in the fish-farming industry

Rapid growth in Myanmar’s fish farming industry is supporting higher rural incomes, greater job opportunities, and improved nutrition, health and well-being, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The research report, “Aquaculture in transition: Value chain transformation, fish and food security in Myanmar”, was released to industry stakeholders and government representatives on 28 January 2016.

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Are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar participating in regional economic integration?

Recent research by CESD, based on a survey among garment and food processing companies, has built a greater understanding of how Myanmar’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) participate in regional economic integration. CESD presented findings from their research at a regional workshop in Indonesia in January 2016, organised by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and ISEAS –Yusof Ishak Institute, who had also funded CESD’s research on this topic.

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Research report: Aquaculture in transition

Rapid growth in Myanmar’s fish farming industry is supporting higher rural incomes, greater job opportunities, and improved nutrition, health and well-being, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Presentation: The essential role of agriculture

CESD presented on the government’s role in promoting a dynamic agricultural industry to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development in Nay Pyi Taw on 20 January 2016.

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Presentation: The essential role of agriculture in Myanmar’s economic transition

CESD, in partnership with Michigan State University, presented a number of agricultural policy recommendations to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development in January 2016.

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Community planning, local governance, and decentralization workshop

CESD co-hosted a workshop, “Change on the ground: Community planning, local governance, and decentralization” with the World Bank and the Department of Rural Development on 20 January 2016.

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Completion of enterprise survey in the garment and food processing sectors

As part of CESD’s labour market reform research project, a face-to-face enterprise survey was undertaken in garment making and food processing factories in Yangon and Mon State from August to October 2015.

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