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.
The CESD takes pride in its well-qualified and talented research staff who share a genuine passion for the socio-economic development of Myanmar. The researchers possess a wide variety of qualifications from reputed national and international universities with considerable amounts of experience of working in the field. The CESD pays special attention and encourages a healthy balance of gender and ethnic representation among its research staff in particular in order to get different perspectives that will enable in deriving interesting insights which can then be advocated as policy reforms to national and international stakeholders. (more…)
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 had the opportunity to organize an event on Trade and Investment policies for inclusive transformation in South East Asia along the ICTSD (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development). The conference aimed at discussing strategies for human capital development aiming to ensure sustainable and inclusive development through job creation, labour rights, and business-friendly policies.
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, in partnership with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS), undertook research on Myanmar SME’s Participation in ASEAN and East Asian Regional Economic Integration. The topic specifically focused on Myanmar’s food processing and apparel manufacturing sectors, seeking to understand Myanmar’s macroeconomic integration with the World, East Asia, and ASEAN region, the similarities between Myanmar’s SMEs and others around the world, and the role of SMEs in Myanmar compared to the world.