Migrant worker agencies to be graded on adherence to labour standards

A committee will be formed to prevent abuses by and protect migrant workers against unscrupulous overseas employment agencies, according to the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation. Committee members will include a representative from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, an anti-trafficking police officer, a legal expert, a labour expert, a representative from overseas employment […]

Garment manufacturing: How to navigate Myanmar’s ethical maze

As it undergoes profound and rapid change, Myanmar is today emerging as one of Asia’s most sought-after hubs for fashion sourcing. The country’s opening-up to the global economy has come after decades of military rule, during which a long period of isolation and internal conflict was followed by an era of gradual disengagement from politics […]

Two countries, one destinations” campaign to be established for Bagan and Siem Reap

Myanmar’s Ministry of Tourism is pushing forward with the implementation of a “two countries, one destination” campaign that hinges on establishing direct flights between the historic cities of Bagan and Siem Reap. The campaign’s single-visa programme would allow tourists holding either a Myanmar or Cambodia visa to travel directly between the two countries without the […]

Myanmar CMP garment exports to touch $2.2bn in 2017

Cutting, making and packaging (CMP) garment exports from Myanmar are likely to fetch around $2.2 billion this year, as local companies have bagged more number of orders from the EU and Japan, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. Apparel orders from the EU have especially increased after reinstatement of GSP rights by the EU. In […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Draft foreigner laws worry experts, expats

Two draft laws concerning foreigners are sending shockwaves through the expat community and could undermine the government’s stated priorities in attracting responsible foreign investment and promoting a human rights agenda, lawyers and business experts say. Both the draft Law Concerning Foreigners and the Foreign Worker Law are pegged as priorities for the next Pyidaungsu Hluttaw […]

Levels of overseas recruitment service agencies to be released every six months

The levels of the overseas recruitment service agencies adhering to the Codes of Conduct will be released once every six months by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. There are currently 94 overseas employment service agencies which have signed an agreement for the Code of Conduct. Code Compliance Monitoring Committee (CCMC) to check where […]

E-visa available to tourists, business visitors at three border crossings from today

ELECTRONIC visas for tourists and business visitors will be allowed at the Myanmar-Thailand border crossings in Tachilek, Myawady and Kawthaung as of today according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population on Tuesday. Further information is available on the website https:// www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. The Ministry began e-visa services for tourists entering the country via Yangon […]

Govt to hold press conferences on its 100-day undertakings

The government will hold press conferences on its 100-day undertakings in Nay Pyi Taw, the Ministry of Information said yesterday. The press conference will begin today with four ministries—the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Border Affairs and Ministry of Electricity and Energy —giving briefings and answering media questions. The schedules are subject to change […]

Govt takes steps to protect undocumented domestic workers abroad

THE Union government will make a list of undocumented Myanmar domestic workers in foreign countries as part of its efforts to extend to those people their legal rights and protection in respective foreign countries, said Daw Khin Nwe Oo, Deputy Director-General of the Labour Department of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. “Currently, Myanmar […]