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.
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.