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 […]

Yangon Workers will Enjoy Thingyan Break

​​ Ministry of Labour yesterday discussed Thingyan holidays with employers at the office of Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry –UMFCCI, in Yangon and agreed to have a 10-day break for the workers in the Yangon Region during the Thingyan water festival. The Union government announced on March 10 that they may half […]

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 […]

Labour Official Upbeat on Migrants-to-Malaysia Restart But no Date Set

​​ A suspension on sending migrant workers from Myanmar to Malaysia will be lifted when political conditions in the latter improve and the safety of labourers can be better assured, according to U Thein Win, director of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population’s Migrant Affairs Department. The decision earlier this week to cut off the […]

Govt Hunts Down Illegal Immigrants in Yangon

The Yangon authorities will investigate Ks 5,000 (US$3.8) shops to know whether they harbour illegal immigrants today (November 28), sources say. The operation began after Yangon Minister Zaw Aye Maung for Rakhine ethnic affairs stated  that he would take action against illegal immigrants in Yangon at a regional parliamentary session. The Yangon City Development Committee […]

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 […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]

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 […]

Registration cards to be issued to Myanmar domestic helpers in foreign countries

REGISTRATION cards will be issued to Myanmar migrants who are illegally working as domestic helpers in neighbouring countries and others according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Union Minister U Thein Swe said that the issuance of registration cards to Myanmar domestic workers is aimed at enabling them to enjoy legal protection of […]

Eight overseas employment agencies face legal charges

EIGHT local overseas employment agencies have been charges by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population as they fail to abide by the ministry’s rules. Three agencies have had their operations suspended. A total of 253 overseas employment agencies have been registered in the country. Action is being taken against agencies which have been found […]