Govt drafts labour law for for­eign work­ers

The Myanmar Times - - Business - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

THE govern­ment is draft­ing a for­eign labour law to gov­ern the grow­ing num­ber of in­ter­na­tional work­ers seek­ing op­por­tu­nity in Myan­mar, par­lia­ment heard yes­ter­day.

U Thein Swe, the min­is­ter of labour, im­mi­gra­tion and pop­u­la­tion, said the law will in­clude rules for for­eign work­ers and in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ments.

He was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Daw Khin Ma Gyi, from Con­stituency 8 in Kachin State, at the sec­ond reg­u­lar meet­ing of the sec­ond Amyotha Hlut­taw, on July 26.

Daw Khin Ma Gyi asked about the laws gov­ern­ing for­eign work­ers in Myan­mar, and whether or not for­eign­ers had to pay taxes.

“When our cit­i­zens work overseas, they have to pay fixed fees, re­spect the laws of their host coun­try and get a work per­mit,” she said.

“We have found that for­eign­ers are work­ing in Myan­mar at lo­cal com­pa­nies that have re­ceived for­eign in­vest­ment, in sec­tors such as con­struc­tion, min­ing and min­er­als, roads and bridges, IT and ser­vices.” In­ter­na­tional play­ers have also joined lo­cal foot­ball teams, she said.

“For­eign work­ers are work­ing un­der many types of visa, which means fewer job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals. As the vol­ume of for­eign in­vest­ment rises, more work­ers will come from overseas,” she told par­lia­ment, via the Amyotha Hlut­taw Speaker.

The Union min­is­ter said for­eign work­ers will have to fol­low the law once it is en­acted.

For­eign­ers can now work in Myan­mar un­der six dif­fer­ent types of lo­cal visa, he said.

– Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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