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CESD participates in Think-tank Initiative Exchange 2018 at Thailand

The CESD actively participated in the 3-day Think-Tank Initiative Exchange (TTIx) 2018 held at Bangkok, Thailand organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) with support from the Hewlett Foundation, UKAid, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and NORAD.

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ARTNet shares CESD’s minimum wage working paper with broader research community

CESD’s recent working paper on the implementation of Myanmar’s new minimum wage features in the ARTNeT August 2016 newsletter. ARTNeT is the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade, a network of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks, with a community of more than 1,000 individual researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region. CESD has been an active member of ARTNeT since May 2016.

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Presentation: Private enterprises in Myanmar regional economic integration and labor relations

The level of regional economic integration and labour issues in Myanmar’s private enterprises are highlighted in a presentation prepared for Masters of Public Administration students at the Yangon University of Economics.

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Recommendations for the effective implementation of Myanmar’s minimum wage law

CESD’s Labor Market Reform Working Paper No. 1/2016 identifies three focus areas for policy makers to ensure an effective implementation of the recent  minimum wage system, namely:

  1. ensuring that businesses comply with the new minimum wage law and government agencies enforce the law;
  2. monitoring and measuring the impacts of the minimum wage policy on different variables, including formal jobs, informal employment, wage levels, wage distribution, poverty, and social welfare;
  3. ongoing reviews and adjustments to the minimum wage system, to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate under changing economic and social conditions.

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Reviewing the implementation of Myanmar’s labour laws

Since the establishment of Myanmar’s minimum wage in September 2015 (at 3,600 kyat per 8-hour day), CESD has monitored the challenges facing the implementation of the minimum wage law, and the opportunities for  more effective implementation. CESD is also undertaking a legal review of labour laws related to Myanmar’s minimum wage, including the Employment and Skill Development Law, 2013, and Social Security Law, 2012.

To support this review, CESD has been meeting with representatives from different levels of government, workers organizations and industrial zones to discuss the challenges facing labour law implementation.

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Stakeholders discuss the establishment of a minimum wage in Myanmar (short documentary)

CESD, in partnership with IDRC have produced a short documentary on the recent process to establish a minimum wage in Myanmar.

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CESD joins the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT)

CESD has become the first Myanmar-based member of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT). ARTNeT is a network of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks from across the Asia-Pacific region.

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Report: Getting it right on labour reforms

CESD’s labour market research has been reported in Asia Research News 2016, a publication from ResearchSEA Limited. The article notes that a key challenge for labour reform in Myanmar is to balance improvements in wages and working conditions against industry’s need to retain a competitive edge.

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Roundtable discussion to share different perspectives on the minimum wage

Six months since a minimum wage was established in Myanmar, CESD, together with its partner organisation, IDRC, brought together representatives from government, employer and employee groups, and international non-government organisations to reflect on the challenges and benefits of the minimum wage.

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Half a year into Myanmar’s minimum wage – looking back, forging ahead

The minimum wage, defined to be 3,600 Kyat for an 8-hour working day, has been in effect for six months.  At the occasion of this half-anniversary, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) Myanmar and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada organised a round-table event, bringing together key stakeholders to reflect on the establishment of Myanmar’s minimum wage, and discuss next steps.

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