We are pleased to announce our third-quarter newsletter of 2018 (July-September). During the third-quarter, CESD continued to focus on its thematic areas of expertise – labour reforms, food security, and value chain analysis. CESD was able to facilitate and organise multiple workshops, field visits, and other research activities with the collaboration of different stakeholders, which included the Government of Myanmar, as well as international and development partners.
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, 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).
Gracing an invitation extended by the Bago Regional Minister of Planning and Finance and Chair of the Regional Minimum Wage Committee, the Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Dr. Zaw Oo, along with a team of researchers participated in a Tripartite Workshop on Myanmar’s minimum wage held at Bago on 6th September 2017
As part of CESD’s commitment to improve the research capacity of civil servants and other key polic-markers in Myanmar, the CESD was invited by the CTMU to provide training on Research Methods and Strategies. (more…)
As part of its ongoing engagement to bring about strategic reforms in the area of labour market, the CESD has been actively invited to provide necessary training and awareness-raising workshops on a wide variety of issues. In this regard, the CESD participated in an awareness training which was being held by the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM) with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
CESD’s research and management team have a diverse range of experience and educational qualifications, gained both in Myanmar and overseas. View profiles for some of our staff (more…)
The Mon State Hluttaw and CESD collaborated on, and conducted, a regional development workshop in the Mon Hluttaw Meeting Hall between 9th August and 10th August, 2016. The Mon Hluttaw Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Electricity, Members of Parliament, officials and CESD researchers attended the workshop.
For decades, Myanmar’s economic system was characterized by economic isolation and central planning. Today, however, as Myanmar is in the middle of a far-reaching political and economic transition, it is leaving this past behind. For Myanmar’s enterprises, and Small and Medium Sizes Enterprises (SMEs) in particular, the opening of the country’s economy in general and the intensification of regional economic integration more specifically, most notably through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC), bring both opportunities and challenges.
Data analysis from CESD’s Mon State Rural Household Survey (2015) is presented in a research report (July 2016) that identifies options for more balanced growth in Mon State, “leading to a vibrant economy in which returning migrants can invest and find employment.” The research report, prepared by CESD, in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Michigan State University (MSU), provides a set of initial recommendations for the establishment of a rural development strategy for Mon State. The recommendations are in two broad areas: (1) stimulating growth in agriculture and sustainable management of natural resources, and (2) providing public infrastructure and services that strengthen the enabling environment.