Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Sept
The 13th meeting of the drafting committee for ASEAN Charter for protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, attended by Union Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security U Aye Myint and deputy ministers, representatives from ASEAN Secretariat and officials.
The meeting was aimed at holding discussions on progress in drafting the Charter and works to be done. Drafting the Charter started in 2011 will be completed in 2014. The 13th meeting was the second time for Myanmar as it hosted the 9th meeting. The 14th meeting will take place in Malaysia and LPDR will host the 15th meeting.
The ASEAN Charter for protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers is an essential prerequisite for establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015.
With its approval in 2014, an ASEAN standard will emerge and will be of great benefit to migrant workers working not only in the region but also in other countries. Being a host, Myanmar will have an opportunity to lead the discussions on the Charter.
A total of 54 participants are present at the meeting scheduled to hold till Wednesday.