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Denmark to support new initiative to ensure safe and healthy workplaces


Workers in an industrial zone in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima

Workers in an industrial zone in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima

Today, U Thein Swe, Union Minister of Labour, Immigration and Population of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar welcomed Mr. Peter Lysholt Hansen, the Ambassador of Denmark to Myanmar, in order to discuss future cooperation on labour market issues, the Danish Embassy said in a statement.

Following the meeting, the Union Minister and the Danish Ambassador announced that Myanmar and Denmark will cooperate on an initiative aimed at ensuring safe and healthy work places and improved social dialogue in Myanmar.

These labour market issues have been identified as an area of cooperation over the course of 2016-2018, since they are particularly crucial in fostering both inclusive and sustainable economic growth and an enabling business environment. Decent jobs, including safe and healthy working conditions, and sound industrial relations is an important framework condition for the well-being of the workers of Myanmar and for fostering foreign investment and export-led economic development.

Denmark’s contribution to the cooperation includes the provision of advice and technical training on occupational safety and health by experts from the Danish Working Environment Agency, the sharing of Danish experience with social dialogue, as well as the posting of a labour market counsellor to the Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar.

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