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In September 2015, the Myanmar government for the first time in history set a minimum wage at 3,600 MMK ($3 at that time of exchange rate) a day, lowest in ASEAN but slightly higher than Bangladesh. A year and a half after implementation, robust discussions continue between unions, worker representatives, businesses, and the government about the impacts and possible changes in the minimum wage level. On November 4th, CESD was invited by the Ministry of Labor, Population, and Immigration to arbitrate a workshop between worker representatives and government and policy-making figures seeking updates from workers, open a policy dialogue, and support future changes to the minimum wage.
On 14 July, Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, CESD and Min Zar Ni Lin, Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, CESD spoke at the Mekong Forum 2017, an annual gathering of opinion leaders, international organizations and scholars that work towards shaping the development agenda in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) in Myanmar, Michigan State University, and International Food Policy Research Institute hosted a half-day seminar to present findings from the Myanmar Aquaculture-Agriculture Survey (MAAS) in Mindon room at Sedona Hotel in Yangon on June 30th, 2017.
Upcoming workshop on Myanmar aquaculture-agriculture survey results dissemination.
Date: 30 June 2017, Time: 8:30am – 11:45am at Sedona Hotel, Yangon.
In the past three years, Myanmar’s banking and finance sector has witnessed rapid growth, primarily aided by foreign direct investment inflows and economic liberalisation. Despite this growth, however, millions of farmers lack access to finance due to the absence of financial institutions and barriers to affordable lending in rural areas.
CESD Labour Team Presented Findings from Enterprise Survey and Causes and Consequences of Migration to Key Stakeholders
On the 5th of October, CESD Labour Team went to Ministry of Industry (MoI) in the afternoon to present findings from Enterprise Survey conducted in June 2015. Director General Daw Aye Aye Win from Ministry of Industry attended the presentation with three of her fellows and entered discussion with CESD Labour Team after the presentation.
CESD Labour Team Organised Survey Methodology Training at Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population
The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) Labour Team, in collaboration with Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MoLIP) and support from International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Canada), organised 4 days Survey Methodology Training at MoLIP, Nay Pyi Taw, from 4th to 7th October 2016.
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.
The Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI), a nonprofit orginization promoting the right to information and education, recently launched their online budget dashboard, providing access to up-to-date budget data from the Union and State and Region governments. The project was lead by Giles Dickenson-Jones, CESD Research Fellow, as part of the State and Region Public Finances in Myanmar report.
The CESD Labour Team presented research results on labour relations and regional economic integration of private enterprises to Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students at the Yangon University of Economics (Kamaryut Campus) in August 2016.