Overseas Employment Supervisory Committee discusses migrant workers issues

The Overseas Employment Supervisory Committee held its (1/2021) coordination meeting at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population yesterday.
During the meeting, Committee Chairman Union Minister U Myint Kyaing discussed the establishment of a committee to ensure the safe sending of Myanmar migrant workers to foreign countries and protection for the rights of those working in foreign countries.
The committee was reorganized with 18 members with Notification No (87/2021) of the State Administration Council on 1-4-2021.
The ministry grants permit to the overseas employment agencies according to the 1999 Overseas Employment Law. The agencies mainly send the Myanmar workers to Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, the UAE, Qatar, Macau and Jordan. The government sent 1,320,914 Myanmar migrant workers to foreign countries from 1990 to March 2021. Although the processes of overseas employment were suspended on 18 March 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the government sent 4,169 workers to Japan and 225 workers to Korea, depending on their demand.
Moreover, Singapore sent Demand Letters. The officials permitted 25 wokers to work abroad on 11 April 2021 in line with the health rules.
The overseas employment training courses were conducted at Skills Training Centre (Yangon) and (Mandalay) starting 9 January 2017 for those who want to work in foreign countries to be able to know about the countries where they go to, labour law and occupational safety. But these pieces of training were temporarily closed on 1 September 2020.
The Union Minister said the ministry increased the agencies fees to K25 million from K5 million to be licenced overseas employment agencies full of responsibilities and accountabilities starting 4 February 2020 and eliminating the substandard agencies.
He also highlighted the repatriation of 1,086 Myanmar nationals from Malaysia in three military vessels on 23 February 2021 and 70 citizens from India in the military vessel on 10 March.
The government currently negotiates with the Thai government to establish five stations for Myanmar migrant workers working in Thailand under MoU to renew their visa for the next five years if their stay past the earlier four-year permit, to grant Certificate of Identity (CI) and OWIC.
The Myanmar-Thailand labour experts meeting will be held virtually by the end of April.
Then, he urged the attendees to discuss openly during the meeting.
The Secretary of Committee Deputy Minister U Win Shein reported on the committee’s formation, and other departmental heads clarified the performance, budget status and inventory of the committee.
Vice-Chairman of Committee Union Minister Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung also discussed effective work plans of the committee, cooperation with relevant ministries for job opportunities of Myanmar workers and then Committee Chairman Union Minister U Myint Kyaing remarked the necessary things. —MNA

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