About us

© ILO/M. Crozet 2013
The ILO first established its Liaison Office in Myanmar in 2002 under an Understanding between the Government of the Union of Myanmar and the International Labour Office. The main role of the Liaison Officer was to support efforts for the elimination of forced labour in the country and implement strategies to address its root causes.
In February 2007 a Supplementary Understanding was also signed between the Government of the Union of Myanmar and the ILO to provide a complaints mechanism enabling victims of forced labour to seek redress.  The Supplementary Understanding grants alleged victims of forced labour in Myanmar the right to submit, in full freedom, complaints to the ILO Liaison Officer in Yangon. The Liaison Officer, after undertaking  a confidential preliminary assessment to determine whether a case involves forced labour, then contacts the appropriate Myanmar authorities to conduct further investigations and take the necessary legal actions against the perpetrators.
Throughout the years, the ILO’s role has been pivotal in Myanmar’s emergence from decades of isolation and military rule by supporting wider processes of democratization, freedom of association and good governance in the labour market. Furthermore, the ILO has also been playing an important role in supporting ongoing peace efforts through developing employment initiatives in conflict affected areas, which are essential for national reconciliation, poverty alleviation and social stability.

© ILO/M. Crozet 2013
Since June 2012, ILO’s mandate in Myanmar has broadened to encompass the full range of the decent work agenda.  It works closely with its constituents – the Government, employers and workers organizations – on a tripartite basis. 
In September 2016, the Myanmar National Tripartite Dialogue Forum (NTDF) endorsed a new framework for the ILO’s work in the country and initiated consultations on the first Decent Work Country Program (DWCP) for Myanmar. The DWCP signals priority areas for ILO technical support and plays a key role in assisting Myanmar to meet its commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before 2030.

Today, the work of the ILO in Myanmar centres around four pillars:
  • Strong commitment to the elimination of forced labour in support of peace and development.
  • Strengthening freedom of association and improved labour market governance in support of democratization and the rule of law.
  • Enhanced decent employment opportunities through a comprehensive set of initiatives in support of the Government’s economic and social priorities and the SDG’s.
  • Targeted interventions to address workplace discrimination and realize decent work for specific groups.
ILO Yangon reports regularly to the ILO Governing Body on its work in Myanmar, including progress in the elimination of forced labour.