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Regional economic integration of Myanmar’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

For decades, Myanmar’s economic system was characterized by economic isolation and central planning. Today, however, as Myanmar is in the middle of a far-reaching political and economic transition, it is leaving this past behind. For Myanmar’s enterprises, and Small and Medium Sizes Enterprises (SMEs) in particular, the opening of the country’s economy in general and the intensification of regional economic integration more specifically, most notably through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC), bring both opportunities and challenges.

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CESD lecture on private enterprises at the University of Economics

The CESD Labour Team presented research results on labour relations and regional economic integration of private enterprises to Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students at the Yangon University of Economics (Kamaryut Campus) in August 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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CESD Labour Team provides support to Yangon University of Economics

CESD’s Labor Team is providing training and capacity building  to graduating students from the Yangon University of Economics as they prepare to undertake research on the socio-economic impacts of the minimum wage. A legal minimum wage was introduced in Myanmar in September 2015. It’s impact on employees and employers will be the focus of the research undertaken by the University of Economics students.

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Presentation: Global value chains and preferential trade agreements

What does the globalisation (or regionalisation) of value chains mean for developing countries? What does it mean for Myanmar? And what role do trade agreements play in facilitating this globalisation?

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Two capacity building workshops on “Regional cooperation and integration” and “Trade facilitation: global agenda and regional priorities”

As a first contribution towards its membership in Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) co-organized two capacity building workshops in collaboration with ARTNeT, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). (more…)

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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