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.