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…)
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.
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