Vice President U Myint Swe attends 2018 International Migrants Day ceremony

Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the opening speech at the ceremony to mark 2018 International Migrants Day in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the opening speech at the ceremony to mark 2018 International Migrants Day in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe delivered an opening address at the 2018 International Migrants Day ceremony at the Myanmar International Convention Centre- II (MICC-II) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The event was attended by Union Ministers U Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Pe Myint, U Thein Swe, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Dr. Myint Htwe and Dr. Win Myat Aye, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Than Htut, and U Kyaw Myo, MPs from the Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw, ambassadors and diplomats from embassies in Myanmar, permanent secretaries, UN officials, representatives from INGOs, NGOs and invited guests.
In his opening speech, Vice President U Myint Swe said that the purpose of marking this event was to raise public awareness on the experiences faced by Myanmar migrant workers, safeguarding their rights, and measurements being taken by the Union Government and its associate partners in order to safeguard the rights and social wellbeing of migrant workers, and future schemes going forward.
The UN General Assembly declared December 18 to be International Migrants Day in 2000, and it has been seven years since Myanmar has been marking this event, said the Vice President.
The Vice President said migrations throughout the world have increased across the globe on account of differences between economic development and population growth in many countries, employment opportunities, labour workforce, wages of inequality, occurrence of natural disasters, man-made conflicts, socio-economic crisis, and development news, having easy access to communication and transportation technologies.
According to the UN, it is estimated that one out of every seven people in the world today are international migrants.
According to the 2014 population census, approximately two million workers from Myanmar are employed in foreign countries although Myanmar has vast potential to achieve economic development. According to the 2017 World Bank report, the remittance amount of Myanmar migrant workers amounted to US$ 395 million in 2016 and US$ 700 million in 2017.
The Vice President said we can observe that the number of international migrants is on the rise due to the mechanisms of globalization, and that they can contribute to the socioeconomic and human resource development in their country of origin and their host country. In many countries, migrant workers enjoy fundamental rights and services with low standards while facing threats, bullying, violence, discrimination, lack of due respect and dignity.
As for the migrant workers, endeavours are needed to accumulate relevant information and costing while learning required skills for the workplace, basic language skills, their culture and traditions before their departure. Or else, they might happen to encounter many hardships and difficulties, said the Vice President.
Although the process on migration might be harsh, it can be beneficial to the whole community if the relevant organizations could manage with humanitarian spirits and systematic approaches, and which can help poverty-alleviation and joblessness. Moreover the remittances can increase the inflows of foreign currency, accumulation skills and capital investment, making creativity, embarking on a new venture and commitment to community.
Cooperation and systematic arrangement are also needed to have a safe migration. In doing so, effective results could be come out through cooperation among all ministries, respective regional countries, international organizations and partnership organizations.
The United Nations has adopted the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this regard, Myanmar has carried out the inclusive frameworks of the Sustainable Development Plan _MSDP in cooperation with ministries, partnership and organizations. Myanmar signed the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers at 31st ASEAN Summit held in Philippines. Discussion on this issue had been made at the ASEAN meetings in Singapore and the progress in 2019 could be appraised.
Regarding the international migration, the intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration _ GCM has been in Morocco from 10-11 December, 2018. Myanmar has participated in the implementation process of the conference together with other countries.
As for the Minister of Labour, Immigration and Population, a five-year-framework on Myanmar migration workers (2018-2022) had been drawn up, in cooperation with relevant countries, miniseries and organization.
Moreover efforts are being made to protect the rights of Myanmar migrants’ workers through the negotiation with the regional governments where Myanmar workers mostly work in. All the licensed oversea employment agencies and relevant government ministries are urged to carry out their jobs in accordance with rules and regulations.
With the aims and objectives of holding the 2018 International Migrants Day ceremony, cooperation among the International Organizations for migrant workers, INGOs, relevant ministries are of crucial importance to have a safe migration while protecting them with the humanitarian spirit.
Then Vice President U Myint Swe posed for documentary photographs together with the attendees.
Following this, the second session of the event continued and videos on the movement of migrant works had been shown.
Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe delivered addresses on the 2018 International Migrants Day.
Next, International Organization on Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission Mr. Akio Nakayama read the messages from the United Nations Secretary General and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General.
Afterwards, Union Minister U Thein Swe presented certificates of honor to officials of Education and Development Foundation, Group on Cooperating for Myanmar People’s affairs and Bangkok based Myanmar Migrant Workers Network who helped of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, including the education, health and social affairs of the family members. The Union Minister also presented education support money for children of migrant workers.
The attendees viewed the documentary photo of activities on migrant workers, displayed books and magazines.—MNA (Translated byWin Ko Ko Aung)

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