The CESD participated in the forum, “Why GSP is Essential for Decent Work and Industrial Peace”, where The CESD’s Executive Director, Dr. Zaw Oo, gave a presentation regarding how the GSP can foster these concepts. The forum was organised by UMFCCI-Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Ctum Myanmar (Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar), with the objective of discussing possible consequences of GSP withdrawal and counter-arguments for it to remain.
CESD attended the First Shan State Forum for Sustainable Fish Production, organised by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and The Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) in Taungyyi, Shan State. During the event proceedings, the CESD also facilitated and conducted the 3rd State and Regional Consultation for the National Aquaculture Development (NADP) that closely resembled the previous consultations at Mandalay and Mawlamyine.
The CESD played a strategically important role in facilitating and supporting the organisation of a day-long workshop by the Myanmar Pulses, Beans and Sesame Seeds Merchants Association and Yangon Region Chambers of Commerce and Industry that was held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on 18th August in Yangon. The event was organised to bring different stakeholders together in order to bring out necessary reforms in the Myanmar beans and pulses sector which witnessed the attendance and active participation of key dignitaries, including the Vice President (2), U Henry Van Thio.
The CESD has been very active engaging in reforms across Myanmar, participating in several workshops, trainings and events over the last quarter (October – December 2017). Please find a short summary of our key activities in the CESD 2017 Q4 Newsletter. CESD 2017 Q4 Newsletter
The Mon State Hluttaw and CESD collaborated on, and conducted, a regional development workshop in the Mon Hluttaw Meeting Hall between 9th August and 10th August, 2016. The Mon Hluttaw Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Electricity, Members of Parliament, officials and CESD researchers attended the workshop.
Data analysis from CESD’s Mon State Rural Household Survey (2015) is presented in a research report (July 2016) that identifies options for more balanced growth in Mon State, “leading to a vibrant economy in which returning migrants can invest and find employment.” The research report, prepared by CESD, in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Michigan State University (MSU), provides a set of initial recommendations for the establishment of a rural development strategy for Mon State. The recommendations are in two broad areas: (1) stimulating growth in agriculture and sustainable management of natural resources, and (2) providing public infrastructure and services that strengthen the enabling environment.