Union Minister U Thein Swe attends Labour Migration Stakeholders Meeting

Union Minister U Thein Swe addresses the Labour Migration Stakeholders Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister U Thein Swe addresses the Labour Migration Stakeholders Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Union Minister U Thein Swe of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population attended the Labour Migration Stakeholders Meeting, assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT – Australia), the Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Developing International Internal Migration Governance (DIILM) and the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), at the M Gallery Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his opening address, Union Minister U Thein Swe said: “This meeting aims at evaluating the 2019 ILO programmes and projects on labour migration and developing the implementation strategies to be executed under the 2020 ILO programmes and projects, with the stakeholders’ added recommendations. Worldwide labour migration was estimated at 272 million according to the 2019 UN report while the ILO listed at about 150 million in 2013. The number increased to 164 million in December 2018 according to the ILO.”
The ministry is sending migrant workers through the overseas employment agencies while it is also supervising them in accordance with the Overseas Employment Act 1999 and relevant rules, regulations and directives.
The Overseas Employment Act 1999 is being amended. Assisted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Five-Year National Plan of Action for the Management of International Labour Migration (2018-2022) is now being implemented in collaboration with the relevant ministries and non-governmental organizations in order to promote long-term decent employment both within and outside ASEAN, he added.
He said that the ministry is also cooperating in the TRIANGLE in ASEAN project (2015-2025), the Developing International and Internal Labour Migration Governance in Myanmar project (2016-2020), and the Safe and Fair project (2018-2023). For a safe migration, the ministry has opened 15 branches Migrant Resources Center in collaboration with the ILO and the international labour migration organizations. The Complaint Mechanism Centers are also opened in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
Present on the occasion were Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives, departmental officials, officials with the ILO Yangon, representatives of the community organizations and guests. —MNA (Translated by Aungthu Ya)

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