August 19, 2016

cross-border support — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with Thai PM on Myanmar migrant workers

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chanocha during an MoU ceremony at the government house in Bangkok.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chanocha during an MoU ceremony at the government house in Bangkok.

STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called for improving Myanmar migrant workers’ access to education and healthcare services in Thailand during her talks with Thai Prime Minister Retired General Prayuth Chan-ocha at the Government House of Thailand yesterday.
In his response the Thai Prime Minister said that measures will be taken to give Myanmar migrant workers the rights to equal treatment as Thai workers, saying that 500 million Bahts have been allocated to all migrant workers to access education and 500 million Bahts for healthcare services.
In her speech the State Counsellor requested the Thai Prime Minister to allow Myanmar migrant workers to work legally in Thailand as soon as possible and to protect Myanmar migrants working on fishing boats against human trafficking and torture by local authorities.
During the talks, the State Counsellor promised faster implementation of boundary demarcation between the territories of the two countries, citing that a boundary allows the two countries to share, not become more separate.
She stressed the need for the two governments to underscore bilateral friendship and bilateral negotiations to address problems.
In his address, the Thai Prime Minister said that a hotline and applications for migrant workers will be set up to help them seek help in the face of difficulties and operators who understand Myanmar language will be appointed.
The two governments will work together on the return of refugees to their homes from camps and transportation is set to commence following the creation of employment, social and healthcare conditions for returnees, he added.
The Thai PM stressed the need for cooperation between the two governments as well as CSOs for the promotion of bilateral trade including border trade.
During the talks the two representatives also discussed matters relating to the implementation of the Dawei deep-sea port, special economic zone projects and further cooperation between the two nations in accordance with the ASEAN framework.
Next, the State Counsellor and the Thai Prime Minister witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Labour Cooperation, an Agreement on Cooperation in the Employment of Workers by Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe and Thai Labour Minister General Sirichai Distakul and a Transboundary Agreement by the Union Minister and Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Don Pramudwinai.  The MoU and agreements will enable the two countries to promote cooperation in labour affairs, thereby contributing towards ensuring better conditions for Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand.
After the signing ceremony, the State Counsellor and the Thai PM held a joint press conference.
The Thai Prime Minister made his first two-day visit to Myanmar in October 2014.
Among Myanmar’s major international trading partners, Thailand is the Myanmar’s second largest with a total bilateral trade volume of US$4.5 billion for the 2015-16 FY and $5.7 billion for the 2014-2015 FY.


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