CESD’s recent working paper on the implementation of Myanmar’s new minimum wage features in the ARTNeT August 2016 newsletter. ARTNeT is the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade, a network of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks, with a community of more than 1,000 individual researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region. CESD has been an active member of ARTNeT since May 2016.

ARTNeT07CESD’s working paper, “Myanmar’s new minimum wage: What’s next? Policy considerations for the way forward“, explores possible policy considerations for the effective implementation of the minimum wage, established by the Government of Myanmar in September 205.

Introducing the paper to its members and stakeholders, ARTNeT noted that while “enacting the [minimum wage] law was an important first step, turning it into an effective policy tool requires further steps to be taken …Considering the three [key] pillars [of an effective minimum wage implementation system] delineated in this paper and learning from others will help Myanmar’s policymakers turn the minimum wage into an effective policy tool that contributes to putting the country on a trajectory of inclusive economic growth and shared prosperity.”

The CESD paper was released in July 2016 and is the first of a series of publications to come out under CESD’s labor market research project, which is funded by IDRC.

ARTNeT is an initiative of UNESCAP, with support from several international donors and national development agencies, including the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.