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EuroCham Myanmar https://eurocham-myanmar.org/news The latest stories from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar. en-gb Copyright: (C) EuroCham Myanmar https://eurocham-myanmar.org/images/logo.png EuroCham Myanmar https://eurocham-myanmar.org/ 140 86 Announcement on Extension of Temporary Entry Restrictions to Myanmar From All Countries https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/685/Announcement-on-Extension-of-Temporary-Entry-Restrictions-to-Myanmar-From-All-Countries On 29th November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Union of Myanmar issued an annoucemnt regarding temporary entry restrictions for visitors from all countries.

To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-11-29T00:00:00+00:00
Extension of the Effective Period of Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 To Myanmar Through Air Travel https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/686/Extension-of-the-Effective-Period-of-Temporary-Measures-to-Prevent-Importation-of-COVID-19-To-Myanmar-Through-Air-Travel On 29th November, the Ministry of Health and Sports has issued an announcement on the extension of effective period of temprary measures to prevent importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through air travel.

To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-11-29T00:00:00+00:00
Extension of Precautionary Measures by Central CoVID-19 Comittee https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/684/Extension-of-Precautionary-Measures-by-Central-CoVID-19-Comittee On 28th November, Central CoVID-19 Comittee released an annoucement on the extension of precautionary measures required to continue containment of COVID-19.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-11-28T00:00:00+00:00
Meeting between Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and EuroCham Myanmar Garment Advocacy Group https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/683/Meeting-between-Ministry-of-Labour-Immigration-and-Population-and-EuroCham-Myanmar-Garment-Advocacy-Group On Tuesday November 24th, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MoLIP) and EuroCham Myanmar, including its Garment Advocacy Group members, held a virtual meeting to discuss opportunities for skill enhancement in the Myanmar garment sector. The garment sector employs and supports the livelihood of over 1.5 million people. Despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Myanmar and European businesses are willing to join efforts to ensure the sustainable development of the garment sector and, as a result, the Myanmar economy as a whole.

 

The Union Minister of the MoLIP, U Thein Swe, highlighted the importance of enhancing skills through both sector specific vocational trainings and higher education courses in order to contribute to both the short-term economic recovery and longer-term transition of the sector from Cut-Make-Pack (CMP) to Free-On-Board (FOB). The Garment Advocacy Group Co-Chair shared the willingness of European companies to support the Government by sharing expertise and providing input on the design of relevant curricula. Both parties agreed on the importance of creating a working group involving different ministries, private stakeholders and labour unions to define a common action plan on skill development and a scheme for the industry transition from CMP to FOB. The meeting also emphasized the importance of creating suitable trainings to raise labour law awareness among workers. This can be done in cooperation with international partners, such as the ILO.

 

The meeting was then concluded by EuroCham Myanmar’s Executive Director, Karina Ufert, highlighting the importance of public-private partnerships to promote the responsible investment-friendly reforms in Myanmar. The group agreed to continue cooperation on the subject by strengthening a multi-stakeholder dialogue on enhancing skills in the Myanmar garment sector. Thus, EuroCham Myanmar will support the creation of a venue for cooperation and facilitate the connection with the EU Delegation in Myanmar in bringing the process forward.

 

The meeting participants included, Union Minister U Thein Swe, Deputy Minister U Myint Kyaing, Deputy Permanent Secretary U Maung Maung Than, Deputy Director General U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, Director Daw Theingi Ye Tun, Assistant Director Daw Pwint Thiri Maung, representatives from H&M, KappAhl and Primark along with the EuroCham Myanmar Team.

 

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2020-11-24T00:00:00+00:00
Meeting with Technical and Vocational Education and Training Department (TVET) to Discuss Skills Development for Myanmar Garment Sector https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/682/Meeting-with-Technical-and-Vocational-Education-and-Training-Department-TVET-to-Discuss-Skills-Development-for-Myanmar-Garment-Sector A virtual meeting between the Director General Dr. Sai Kyaw Naing Oo of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training department (TVET), Ministry of Education, and EuroCham Myanmar Policy and Strategy Team took place on Monday 23rd November, to discuss the ways in which private sector can support for the skills enhancement both in vocational schools and higher education institutions, in order to sustain the long-term development of the industry and its transition from Cut- Make-Pack to Free On Board.

The Head of Policy and Strategy from EuroCham Myanmar, U Thet Zaw Htwe, began the meeting by highlighting the challenges in the Garment industry, in terms of the capacity to meet the demands for middle management positions locally, along with the labor market challenges from the increasing regional competition in the sector. This meeting is part of the working agenda, initiated by EuroCham Myanmar and its member to facilitate private sector involvement into the TVET skills development curriculum, in terms of benchmarking and providing industry relevant technical, and market expertise.

Both parties also discussed the importance of incorporating labor law trainings in the curriculum to ensure both workers and employers are aware of their rights and how the inter-Ministry collaboration is crucial for such trainings. Both parties further discussed the importance of an effective collaboration platform for regular correspondence between the private sector and the department, to ensure the sustainability of such skills development efforts. The Director General then concluded the meeting by stating that the TVET department is looking forward to collaborating with EuroCham Myanmar and its members for the development of an effective skills training curriculum that is on par with the growing industry demands and international standards. 

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2020-11-23T00:00:00+00:00
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WEEKLY UPDATE https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/681/GOVERNMENT-AFFAIRS-WEEKLY-UPDATE Every week, EuroCham Myanmar summarises the main news coming from the Myanmar government.

To access the updates from 16th November to 20th November 2020, please click here.

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2020-11-20T00:00:00+00:00
Announcement on Stay-at-Home to control CoVID-19 spread by MoHS https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/680/Announcement-on-Stay-at-Home-to-control-CoVID-19-spread-by-MoHS Ministry of Health and Sports advised people to stay at home as much as possible to control the spread of COVID-19 during upcoming open season and long holiday period.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.
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2020-11-18T00:00:00+00:00
Substitue day to be granted for Deepavali National Holiday https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/674/Substitue-day-to-be-granted-for-Deepavali-National-Holiday Since Deepavali National Holiday which fal on 14 November (Saturday), 13 November (Friday) will be substituted as a holiday.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-11-13T00:00:00+00:00
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WEEKLY UPDATE https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/679/GOVERNMENT-AFFAIRS-WEEKLY-UPDATE Every week, EuroCham Myanmar summarises the main news coming from the Myanmar government.

To access the updates from 9th November to 13th November 2020, please click here.

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2020-11-13T00:00:00+00:00
Meeting between Department of Marine Administration and EuroCham Myanmar Logistics Advocacy Group https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/678/Meeting-between-Department-of-Marine-Administration-and-EuroCham-Myanmar-Logistics-Advocacy-Group On Wednesday November 11th, Department of Marine Administration (DMA) and EuroCham Myanmar, including its Logistic Advocacy Group member, Uniteam Marine held a virtual meeting to discuss the crew movement challenges for Myanmar seafarers. Currently, there are many seafarers, who are still waiting for official permits to come back to Myanmar. Many of them have not left their vessels for over a year. 

 

The Director General of the Department of Marine Administration (DMA), U Soe Naing highlighted the repatriation challenges that Myanmar seafarers currently face along with the visa restrictions, and overall impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain industry in Myanmar. The Uniteam Marine representatives shared their concerns in terms of the cost of facilitating the movement of Myanmar seafarers due to COVID19 restrictions, as well as highlighted the human cost in terms of health and wellbeing of the seafarers. Both parties agreed on the importance of recognizing Myanmar seafarers under the essential workers status, as well as strive for priority access to the vaccine, once it is available. The meeting also emphasized the urgency of solving visa situation for the seafarers, stranded in various European countries.

 

The meeting was then concluded by EuroCham Myanmar’s Executive Director, Karina Ufert, highlighting the ways in which EuroCham Myanmar can collaborate with DMA and support this matter by engaging with the relevant government stakeholders, including the COVID-19 Control and Emergency Response Committee, to support easier movement of Myanmar seafarers, and engaging with the EU embassies to facilitate repatriation of Myanmar seafarers. The group agreed to continue cooperation on the subject of strengthening a dialogue to support the development of maritime logistic in Myanmar.

 

The meeting participants included Director General U Soe Naing, Director and Deputy Director of Seafarer division, U Chan Myae, and U Chan Nyein Kyaw, from DMA,  Chairman Captain San Oo, Vice Chairman Captain Htun Oo, Secretary General U Kyaw Myint Oo and Vice Secretary General Captain Tin Oo, from Myanmar Seafarer’s Employment Services Federation, the representatives from Uniteam Marine along with the EuroCham Myanmar Team.

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2020-11-11T00:00:00+00:00
MoHS warns to abide by existing rules and laws regarding COVID-19 https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/677/MoHS-warns-to-abide-by-existing-rules-and-laws-regarding-COVID-19 On 10th November, MoHS issued an announcement to warn the public to abide by existing rules and laws regarding COVID-19.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-11-10T00:00:00+00:00
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WEEKLY UPDATE https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/676/GOVERNMENT-AFFAIRS-WEEKLY-UPDATE Every week, EuroCham Myanmar summarises the main news coming from the Myanmar government.

To access the updates from 28th October to 6th November 2020, please click here.

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2020-11-06T00:00:00+00:00
EuroCham Myanmar joined the International Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar and the World Bank to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the current business and economic situation https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/675/EuroCham-Myanmar-joined-the-International-Chambers-of-Commerce-in-Myanmar-and-the-World-Bank-to-discuss-the-impact-of-COVID-19-and-the-current-business-and-economic-situation On 5th November, EuroCham Myanmar joined the International Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar and the World Bank to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the current business and economic situation. During the event, the World Bank shared the findings of their recent household survey on implications for the welfare of the Myanmar population and businesses. The survey can be found here.

Meanwhile, EuroCham Myanmar Executive Director Karina Ufert gave a brief on the impacts of the second wave on the European businesses in Myanmar and highlighted the key mitigation strategies that companies are employing across different sectors. She also shared EuroCham Myanmar efforts in establishing meaningful cooperation with government officials and other stakeholders to mitigate the pandemic impact. Recently, EuroCham Myanmar shared the foreign investors' suggestions on the Myanmar Economic Recovery and Reform Plan (MERRP) with MIFER, highlighting the importance of the private sector role in the pathway to recovery. 

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2020-11-05T00:00:00+00:00
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WEEKLY UPDATE https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/671/GOVERNMENT-AFFAIRS-WEEKLY-UPDATE Every week, EuroCham Myanmar summarises the main news coming from the Myanmar government.

To access the updates from 24th October to 28th October 2020, please click here.

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2020-10-28T00:00:00+00:00
EuroCham Myanmar Construction Advocacy Group hosted a Construction Forum 2020: Standardisation https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/672/EuroCham-Myanmar-Construction-Advocacy-Group-hosted-a-Construction-Forum-2020-Standardisation EuroCham Myanmar, together with leading European companies represented in the Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group, organised the second EuroCham Construction Forum  on 28th October 2020.

The Forum had the theme ‘Standardisation. The state of the project & challenges ahead’, and featured the topics of the Myanmar National Building Codes and standards.

The objective of the forum was to present an update on the standardisation process in Myanmar, and to discuss the importance of making implementation of building codes and standards a default practice. This forum also served to raise the concerns of the EuroCham Construction & Infrastructure Advocacy Group and industry representatives to relevant stakeholders and media.

U Win Htut, Chairman of the Transport, Communication and Construction Committee, Pyithu Hluttaw, addressed the role of standardisation in the construction sector. U Win Htut looks forward to receiving feedback from relevant stakeholders to improve responsible, sustainable investments in Myanmar.

U Win Khaing Moe, Director General of Department of Research and Innovation, remarked that the mission of his Department is to prioritise standardisation and complimented the work EuroCham Myanmar is doing in regards to standardisation issues.


Mr. Erik Foppen, co-chair of the Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group, presented an overview of the group’s activities and priorities, including the preservation of heritage, contract management and construction standards. He stressed that the lack of enforcement with regards to standards brings risks to all stakeholders, thereby hindering progress. What is needed is an industry-wide certificate scheme to implement regulations. Mr. Erik Foppen emphasised that standardisation is a pivotal part of the sector’s development.

Mr. Pedro Teixeira, Director Buildings & Infrastructure South-East Asia at Bureau Veritas, presented Bureau Veritas’ outlook on standardisation in buildings & infrastructure. He outlined that developing country-based standards is a long process, which requires a considerable amount of time, efforts and resources. He noted that Myanmar would hugely benefit from implementing Eurocodes to save costs and time.

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During the panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Shashank Mishra, UN Habitat, the panellists discussed the current state of standardisation in Myanmar, why it is important and talked about the way forward to find solutions of the identified issues in the standardisation process in the construction sector.

U Ye Linn, Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Federation (MCEF), talked about the various type of standards needed to support the construction industry and what the role of the MCEF is in this process. U Ye Linn also addressed what major reforms are needed in Myanmar to make implementation of building codes and standards a default practice.

U Saw Htwe Zaw, CEC Member, Federation of Myanmar Engineering Societies, discussed the role of the MES in the drafting of the Myanmar National Building Code 2016 and the challenges in implementing the MNBC in absence of robust standards for the construction industry.

Pedro Teixeira, Bureau Veritas, touched upon the challenges the private sector has been facing due to inadequate building standards in Myanmar and possible collaborations on this matter.

Dr War War Moe, Deputy Director and Head of Standards Development Division, National Standards and Quality Department, Department of Research and Innovation, highlighted the efforts and progress by the government in standardisation in the construction sector in Myanmar. Dr War War Moe commented that the DRI has been engaging with the ASEAN group on the standardisation process.

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2020-10-28T00:00:00+00:00
Announcement of National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/673/Announcement-of-National-Level-Central-Committee-on-Prevention-Control-and-Treatment-of-COVID-19 It is announced that public statements, orders, notifications, and directives of the Union-level organisations and the Union ministires effective until 31 October 2020 for protection, control and prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be extended to 30 November 2020.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-28T00:00:00+00:00
International Flights Ban Extended Until the End of November https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/668/International-Flights-Ban-Extended-Until-the-End-of-November The Ministry of Transport and Communication issued a notification on extension of international flights ban. 

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-27T00:00:00+00:00
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the extension of precautionary Measures related to the control of COVID19 Pandemic https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/670/The-Ministry-of-Foreign-Affairs-announced-the-extension-of-precautionary-Measures-related-to-the-control-of-COVID19-Pandemic The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the extension of precautionary Measures related to the control of COVID19 Pandemic until November 30, 2020.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-27T00:00:00+00:00
EXCEPTION ON STAY-AT-HOME PROGRAMME REGARDING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/665/EXCEPTION-ON-STAY-AT-HOME-PROGRAMME-REGARDING-THE-2020-GENERAL-ELECTION On  25th October, the Ministry of Health and Sports issued an exception for the order of Stay-at-Home programme which covers people in all townships, except for Cocogyun Township.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-25T00:00:00+01:00
Ministry of Health and Sports Announcement on Gathering and Election Campaign Activities https://eurocham-myanmar.org/post/666/Ministry-of-Health-and-Sports-Announcement-on-Gathering-and-Election-Campaign-Activities On 25th October, the Ministry of Health and Sports issued an order to add a provision in accordance with the COVID-19 prevention, contaiment and treatment guideline to ensure success of the 2020 General Election.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-25T00:00:00+01:00