The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) was pleased to hold the first in the 2019 series of regional roundtables on responsible recruitment in Yangon, Myanmar on 15th May 2019, alongside the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)‘s Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), the Responsible Labor Initiative, and the International Tourism Partnership.  


The 2019 series of event are being built on the successful regional roundtables and governmental dialogues in 2018 in Thailand and Malaysia,  and this edition is designed to examine the recruitment context of and the challenges experienced by sending and receiving countries.

During the sessions, around 110 participants from brands, suppliers and recruitment agencies were able to come together for constructive open dialogue on transitioning to responsible recruitment and the key roadblocks involved, from the perspective of Myanmar, as a major sending country for migrants across South East Asia.

Myanmar is very active in the field, currently working to structure its recruitment market, in partnership with the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) and implementing its  memorandum of understanding (MOU) on employment with Thailand as a receiving country to protect its workers. These all form parts of the 5-year Government’s National Action Plan on the management of international labour migration.  

This provided the perfect backdrop for the governmental dialogue which took place the following day on May 17th.  An impressive array of government representatives from ministries including Labour Immigration and Population, Social Welfare, and Relief and Resettlement, as well as the Police and Central Bank, were in attendance to discuss all aspects linked to labour migration. The Myanmar government said that they hope to move the migration agenda from protection to development, sending a strong and positive signal that progress is underway.

The executive summary of the event will be available shortly.