Report on Discussions with Myanmar Governmental Contact and Seminar for Supervising Organizations
The sending of technical intern trainees from Myanmar had been suspended for practical purposes since September 2010, but following the execution of a new record of discussion (R/D) by JITCO and the Department of Labour (DOL) of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, the governmental contact for Myanmar, sending of technical intern trainees resumed and the number of trainees sent has gradually increased.
Recently, a delegation from Myanmar including Myo Aung, director of the DOL, visited Japan and held discussions with JITCO on facilitating the sending of technical intern trainees from Myanmar and other topics. JITCO conducted a seminar to provide an opportunity for Myo Aung, director of the DOL, to explain the policies of the Myanmar government regarding the sending of technical intern trainees to supervising organizations.
1. Discussions with Myanmar governmental contact
JITCO held discussions with Director Myo Aung on April 22. JITCO asked about accreditation of sending organizations, and Director Myo Aung responded with information about the current number of accredited sending organizations, documents and procedures necessary for accreditation, and policies regarding establishment of accredited organizations that send technical intern trainees to Japan. Director Myo Aung also inquired about the requirements for technical intern trainees (health status and so on), and JITCO explained about the content of the Ministerial Ordinance Landing Criteria under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and provided other information. There was also discussion about preventing the disappearance of technical intern trainees and other topics. JITCO and the Myanmar government reached an understanding regarding their respective roles and expressed their commitment to working together in the future.
2. Seminar for supervising organizations
A seminar for supervising organizations was held with the participation of approximately eighty people from supervising organizations on April 23 in Tokyo. JITCO President Shotaro Tochigi gave the opening address, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to have Director Myo Aung directly explain Myanmar’s policies and legal systems regarding the sending of technical intern trainees. JITCO President Tochigi also conveyed his hopes that the seminar would serve as an opportunity to increase understanding of Myanmar. His speech was followed by a talk by Director Myo Aung. Director Myo Aung explained that the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has enacted various labour-related laws and regulations and established the Overseas Employment Supervisory Committee to protect workers from Myanmar who are working overseas, and Myanmar actively sends workers to Asian countries including Thailand, South Korea, and Malaysia under this structure. He also indicated that human resource development will be essential for Myanmar’s economic development, and accordingly, Myanmar would like Japan to accept large numbers of technical intern trainees. During a question-and-answer session following the talk, Director Myo Aung explained that the Myanmar government seeks to encourage the sending of technical intern trainees in the construction, manufacturing, and agricultural fields and confirmed that sending organizations conduct extensive Japanese language training in advance and that measures are being taken to shorten the time required for sending procedures.
- Discussions with a delegation from the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Myanmar
- Director Myo Aung gives a talk during the seminar for supervising organizations
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