Louder calls for more spending on education sector

Several businessmen and politicians have agreed that Myanmar should urgently increase spending on education and health, which, despite increases in recent years, remains the lowest in Asean. During a recent parliamentary discussion on the 2015-16 budget bill, MP Maung Toe said: “Although the education budget has increased, it’s still low. There is still no adequate, […]

Job creation falling short: U Serge Pun

Prominent businessperson U Serge Pun said Myanmar has a mixed scorecard on job creation, and is not seeing the employment growth it could achieve. While the government has clearly place employment on the agenda, the amount of jobs being added over the last two years had fallen short of the desired results, he said at […]

Thilawa SEZ urged to provide local jobs

Civic organisations have urged developers of the the Thilawa Special Economic Zone to provide job opportunities to local residents from the area. Members of the Responsible Business Group met with Thilawa SEZ developers during an environmental assessment on July 25 where they urged them to keep their promises to create employment. “We are asking for […]

ILO, Myanmar to Develop Employers’ Capacity

Myanmar’s apex business association and the International Labor Organization (ILO) will launch a project for boosting the capacity of employers’ organisations in Myanmar and promoting work principles and sustainable enterprises. According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed between the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the ILO, the […]

Unemployment Rate High Despite Rise in Jobs

The number of employed people in Yangon region is set to increase by more than 33 percent this year compared with 2012, although unemployment rate still remains high, according to figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. Yangon has seen a yearly increase of almost 60,000 individuals registering their employment activities […]

Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s thriving metropolis to the more surreal world of Myanmar’s former capital. But this time, the “tale of two cities” – one just emerging from the shadows, the other on a rapid development track – had reversed, […]

Myanmar Telenor awards contracts to Huawei, Ericcson and Wipro

Ericsson, Huawei and Wipro are likely to work with Telenor for rolling mobile services in Myanmar. Norwegian telecom giant Telenor confirmed that the company has signed memorandums of understanding with China’s equipment maker Huawei, Ericsson of Sweden and India’s Wipro to work in Myanmar to develop a mobile phone network. Formal agreements with these companies […]

Myanmar needs to strive for more skilled workers

Myanmar‘s population is over 60 million and 32 million are working force but 70 per cent are unskilled laborers, according to Deputy Minister Htin Aung of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security. He made the remarks at the workshop on development of Myanmar workers that was held at Myanmar Info Tech on August […]