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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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Joint World Bank-CESD Study on Labour mobility across Myanmar begins

During February, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) collaborated on research with the World Bank during field visits in Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy in Myanmar. The field visits collected inputs for the World Bank’s ongoing Migration and Labour Mobility research. The research aims to promote jobs and facilitate labour mobility in Myanmar by deepening the policy dialogue, with a particular focus on labour mobility as a source of employment and productivity growth within the ASEAN region.

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CESD Attends Stakeholder Consultation on Labour Reform Successes and Future Plans

The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) recently attended the 3rd Stakeholders Forum on Labour Law Reform and Institutional Capacity Building in Nay Pyi Taw. Hosted by the International Labour Organization and sponsored by the European Union, the forum brought together a variety of stakeholders such as labour unions, business representatives, government ministries, and international organizations contributing to the ongoing labour reforms in Myanmar.

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CESD Attends Stakeholder Consultation on Labour Reform Successes and Future Plans

The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) recently attended the 3rd Stakeholders Forum on Labour Law Reform and Institutional Capacity Building in Nay Pyi Taw. Hosted by the International Labour Organization and sponsored by the European Union, the forum brought together a variety of stakeholders such as labour unions, business representatives, government ministries, and international organizations contributing to the ongoing labour reforms in Myanmar.

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CESD Showcases research and findings at Myanmar’s International Migration Day

Myanmar’s International Migration Day event on the 18th of December 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw was attended by representatives including Union Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives, heads of departments, diplomats, personnel from United Nations, international non-government organizations and officials. The event was themed “Safe Migration in World on the Move” and showcased Myanmar’s active participation in global agreements on safe, systematic and legal migration in 2018. A multitude of stakeholders examined findings from research organizations and civil society to create strategies to ensure safe, secure and legal migration and extend services to migrants to facilitate better livelihoods through evidence-based policy reforms.

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Myanmar Vice President Attends CESD Showcase During Migration Day 2017

Myanmar’s International Migration Day event on the 18th of December 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw was attended by representatives including Union Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives, heads of departments, diplomats, personnel from United Nations, international non-government organizations and officials. The event was themed “Safe Migration in World on the Move” and showcased Myanmar’s active participation in global agreements on safe, systematic and legal migration in 2018. A multitude of stakeholders examined findings from research organizations and civil society to create strategies to ensure safe, secure and legal migration and extend services to migrants to facilitate better livelihoods through evidence-based policy reforms.

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CESD Participates in UMFCCI’s Second Annual Convention

On 9 and 10 December, The Union of Myanmar Federations Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) held its second annual convention. Bringing together representatives of UMFCCI’s 30,000 members, the convention was a 2-day workshop filled with keynote speeches and discussions seeking to identify and synergize Myanmar’s business community’s efforts and goals. During the convention, the community established 2018’s national business agenda.

During the convention, CESD’s Chief of the Board of Directors, Dr. U Myint, presented a powerful keynote speech on the state of Myanmar’s economy, calling on the Myanmar government to focus on the economy alongside the peace process.

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CESD Participates in Minimum Wage Workshop in Yangon

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.

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