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Labour market statistics

ILO, Myanmar sign agreement on National Labour Force Survey

The ILO and Myanmar team up to collect labour market statistics that will help to formulate policies on a number of critical issues for the country.

Press release | 14 November 2013
NAY PYI TAW – The Government of Myanmar and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed a cooperation agreement to conduct the first comprehensive National Labour Force Survey (LFS) in the country since 1990.

The LFS will furbish data to formulate policies of critical importance to Myanmar, national employment policy including youth employment, child labour, forced labour and social security.

The survey will identify areas where child labour and forced labour are prevalent in the country and help the Government to address these issues. This is in line with the Government’s commitments to ratify ILO Convention 182 on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour and to eliminate all forms of forced labour by 2015.

Focussing on the issue of youth employment, the survey will use the ILO’s school-to-work transition methodology to assess challenges faced by young people to move from school or training into decent work. It will also help to identify policies to promote gender equality in the workplace.

The survey will also work to inform Government’s policy priorities under a future Decent Work Country Programme.

To obtain reliable and accurate data, the LFS will rely on a sample drawn from the National Population Census scheduled for March 2014. It will contribute to the on-going work of the Sectoral Working Group on Improving the Quality of Statistics and the National Strategy on the Development of Statistics.

The LFS will be primarily funded through the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA), a voluntary funding modality introduced by the ILO in 2008-09, to which many donors have contributed.

“This as an excellent example of the use of RBSA for under-resourced areas like statistics. I was pleased at how quickly the resources were made available for this important initiative that will bring Myanmar at par with the other countries in the region in terms of labour market statistics. I thank all the donors who have contributed to the RBSA,” said Steve Marshall, the ILO’s Liaison Officer in Myanmar.

Under the agreement, the ILO will not only support the LFS but also strengthen over a two-year period the capacity of the Ministry of Labour and Central Statistical Organization (CSO) to collect, analyse, and disseminate reliable, sex-disaggregated labour market statistics through regular labour force surveys.

A particular focus of ILO assistance will be to harmonize the definitions of labour market indicators in line with international recommendations and to make them comparable with other ASEAN countries.

The ILO has been expanding its technical assistance to Myanmar following the decision by the 102nd International Labour Conference to lift the remaining restrictions on the country.