348 local and overseas employment agencies given licenses to improve job opportunities; says Union Minister

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WITH the opening of 78 labour and employment offices, licenses have been issued to 88 local and 260 overseas employment agencies to improve job opportunities for Myanmar youth, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
In his response to a question regarding measures to be taken to reduce the rate of employment and create employment opportunities during the government’s five-year term, the Union minister said that the government has developed and implemented an employment policy, with the signing of MoU on labour cooperation agreement of employment of workers with Thailand and MoUs on employment of workers that will allow Myanmar workers to enjoy legal protection and benefits with Thailand and The Republic of Korea.
Myanmar workers have been sent to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, UAE and the RoK and appointment letters for the recruitment of workers have been scrutinised at Myanmar embassies in those respective countries, added the Union minister.
Next, the Union minister replied to questions regarding the issuance of citizenship scrutiny certificates to Myanmar citizens who have not yet applied for the certificates due to various reasons and to questions regarding compensation for a deceased Myanmar worker in Malaysia.
He said that those citizens have been given their cards following the relaxation of some restrictions under the ministry’s 100-day plan.
Regarding the deceased Myanmar worker Maung Htan Kee, son of U Ma Nar Htan in Mindat Township, the Union minister said that the process is ongoing, adding that the government is committed to helping Myanmar workers in foreign countries enjoy their rightful benefits through cooperation between Myanmar embassies in respective countries, labour attachés and the ministries concerned.
Then, Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Naing Thet Lwin replied to a call for the appointment of only local ethnic people to the two departments under
the ministry as heads of state/region/district/township departments.
The Union minister pledged the appointment of ethnic people who met the necessary requirements for departments at the region/state level will begin next fiscal year.
According to the Union minister only region/state departments are included in the organisation set-up of the ministry.
During yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session, four lawmakers held discussions on the Pyithu Hluttaw amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Bill.
According to the Amyotha Hluttaw, its Bill Committee will review the Bill.

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