Employment in Myanmar during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Many Thai and international companies have expanded rapidly into Myanmar in recent years, in what had seemed to be an unstoppable expansion of cross-border trade resulting from the country’s emergence back onto the global stage. For those companies, the COVID-19 situation in Myanmar has been a cause for much concern and uncertainty—doubly so for those […]

Myanmar manufacturing sector hit by new lockdown measures

Manufacturing in Myanmar was hit hard in September by a range of new lockdown measures introduced to fight a surge in coronavirus cases, according to the latest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) survey data from IHS Markit. The measures, which includes instructions for factories to shut down for two weeks and employees not listed under an […]

400 workers jobless after temporary closure of garment factory in Hlinethaya

Letwar Garment Factory (3) in Hlinethaya Industrial Zone (2), Yangon Region, closed temporarily on March 11 leaving about 400 workers jobless. The factory, owned by Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association Secretary Dr Khin Maung Aye, cited severe shortages of raw materials imported by China where the coronavirus is breaking out. “There have been few orders. We […]

Ministry of Education, Invitation for Bids to Supply Furniture, Closing Date: 15 June 2018.

  Date: 16 May 2018 Loan/Grant No. and Title: MYA 3472 – Equipping Youth for Employment Contract No. and Title: MYA 3472/EYE/NCB/Goods/ CBMSC/ Dorms-Furniture/01 Deadline for Submission of Bids: 15 June 2018 1. The Government of Myanmar has received financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) towards the cost of Equipping Youth for Employment Project […]

Gov’t plans three hydropower projects in Sagaing region

The regional government is planning to develop three hydropower projects in Homalin, Kani and Nanyon townships in Sagaing region under the guidance of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said Than Nyunt Win, regional minister for electricity, industry and transport. The company that won a tender to conduct an assessment of the potential for electricity […]

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 […]