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Over 5000 workers earn skills certificates in 2017

The Myanmar National Skills Standards Authority (NSSA) has issued more than 5000 certificates recognising workers’ skills during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Minister of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population U Thein Swe. A total of 5855 workers who applied to the NSSA took the examinations and 5164 workers were issued a certificate confirming […]

New basic wage may take effect in April

The National Minimum Wage Council has sought the approval of the president for the new minimum wage of K4800 (US$3.60) per day to be enforced starting in April, a member of the committee told The Myanmar Times. “All the committee members, including the committee chair union minister, has proposed the wage to come into force […]

Small Used Cars Sell Like Hotcakes in Mandalay

Small used cars with 1.3cc engines and priced at K20 million (US$14,970) are bestsellers in the Mandalay car market amid new government regulations that only brand new left-hand-drive vehicles will be allowed to be imported into the country starting in 2018. Car dealers in Mandalay said that when the new government vehicle import regulations were released […]

Government Reaffirms Commitment to Labour Market Reforms

Representatives of the Myanmar government, employers, workers, civil society and international partners on Wednesday gathered for the third time since 2015 in a forum to discuss the progress and challenges faced in an ongoing effort to implement labour market reforms. Taking place in Nay Pyi Taw, the forum was held as part of the ‘Initiative […]

Govt drafts labour law for foreign workers

The government is drafting a foreign labour law to govern the growing number of international workers seeking opportunity in Myanmar, parliament heard yesterday. U Thein Swe, the minister of labour, immigration and population, said the law will include rules for foreign workers and international investments. He was responding to a question from Daw Khin Ma […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Parliament approves large loan for Dala-Yangon bridge build

The Pyidaugnsu Hluttaw has given the go-ahead to a US$138 million loan from South Korea to build a bridge between Yangon and Dala – a project that will cost nearly $170 million. The $137.8 million loan from South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund, which will go to Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction, gained approval on May […]

Government Inspects Manufacturing Businesses for Licences

Authorities are inspecting manufacturing businesses to uncover unregistered companies as a spread of unregistered small and medium industries(SMI) throughout Myanmar are thought to be undercutting local industrial production. The Ministry of Industry’s Industrial Supervision unit’s director general U Thein Swe said private industrial businesses are wrong to think registering companies is a time consuming process […]