From Extractive to Non-Extractive Based Foreign Investment

There have been limited research studies that explore the intrinsic link between Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the promotion of decent work in Myanmar. However, a collaborative effort between the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) and International Labour Organization (ILO) has made it possible to understand this relationship. The research Read more…

CESD and IDRC conducted round-table consultations on Labor Market Reforms

In July 11 2019, CESD has conducted a round-table consultations and the representatives from Social Security Board (SSB), employers, workers, development partners, academics and experts who are interested in ongoing labour market reforms attended. The consultations took place in Yangon with the support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The aiming of the round-table consultation this time is to receive feedback and suggestions from the attendees under two main area of the center’s labor market reforms studies. (more…)

Labour Migration Stakeholders meeting continues focus on migration factors

The event signalled the continuing cooperation between Myanmar and the ILO, with an increasing focus on protections surrounding the rights of migrant labour and the reduction of both the social and economic expenses of labour migration. The Myanmar Government has prioritised job-creation in order to improve socio-economic status, with an emphasis on employment as a means to lift people from poverty.

CESD participates in “Together We Succeed” to discuss decent work and industrial peace

The CESD participated in the forum, “Why GSP is Essential for Decent Work and Industrial Peace”, where The CESD’s Executive Director, Dr. Zaw Oo, gave a presentation regarding how the GSP can foster these concepts. The forum was organised by UMFCCI-Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Ctum Myanmar (Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar), with the objective of discussing possible consequences of GSP withdrawal and counter-arguments for it to remain.

CESD Presents Paper about the Effect of Minimum Wage on Employment Security

The CESD participated in the “International Business and Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia Conference” organized by The Asia Centre in Bangkok from 12-13th July 2018. The thematic focus of the conference was on human rights in business which follows the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights made by the Human Rights Council in 2011. Over the two day conference, various experts and professionals were given an opportunity to present their findings and discuss human rights aspects from a business perspective. (more…)

CESD conducts final phase of labour mobility studies with World Bank

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.

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The 2nd Phase of the Joint World Bank-CESD Study on Labour Mobility Heads to the Dry Zone

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.

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Stakeholders Reach Consensus on New Minimum Wage Law

On Monday, 5 March, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) participated in the National Steering Committee for Minimum Wage meeting at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Populations (MoLIP). The meeting was the culmination of nearly two years of hard work to determine Myanmar’s next minimum wage. The hard work paid off; widespread consensus was reached on the next minimum wage fixing and future consultations were set to discuss researching the policy’s impacts.

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