16 August 2019
Myanmar National Tripartite Preparatory Meeting for the 12th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) was jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the International Labour Organization (ILO) at Thingaha Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw on 16th August.
At the meeting, permanent secretary U Myo Aung, Counsellor Ms. Eileen Stewart from the Embassy of Canada to Myanmar and Liaison Officer of (ILO-Yangon) Mr. Donglin Li delivered the opening remark.
The meeting is organized with the aims of reviewing the development conditions regarding with the implementation of the recommendations from the previous forums on migrant workers, the challenges on the sustainable, justice and equal protection and the job opportunities for the migrant workers and the preparing recommendations for the representatives who will attend the 12th ASEAN Forum.
Liaison Officer, ILO – Myanmar, Longlin Li said “…I’m very pleased to attend preparatory meeting because of discussions here will make contributions to ASEAN Forum on Migrant Workers in September in Thailand. So, migrant workers make contributions to both of sending country and receiving country in terms of employment opportunity and economic good. So, as far as I know Myanmar is also one of big sending countries. So, from sending country’s perspective, we need to talk about more to protect our migrant workers. Because, globally, there are many issues in terms of protection our migrant workers. They are abused and exploited in the destination country. They are paid very low wages, they don’t have specific working time and sometimes the workers are like slavery, particularly, the domestic workers…”
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Imigration and Population, Myo Aung said “The challenges pose on the future job opportunities due to the development of technologies, global climate change, changes of supply chains in production and focusing on green economy. In such scenarios, the traditional approaches no longer work for the workers. They are demanded the ability in technologies and skills.”
The representatives attended the meeting carried out the reviewing, discussion and collecting the recommendations from the national level preparatory meeting.
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