The Lao government has increased the country’s monthly minimum wage from Kip 900,000 (US$108) to Kip 1,100,000 (US$132) with effect from May 1, 2018. An increase of 11 percent, the wage increase will apply to all businesses and factories established in the country. This is the third such raise in the last eight years. In.. read more →

Financial literacy programs should focus on educating migrants and their families. Globally, an estimated 266 million people live and work outside their countries of origin to seek opportunities provided by economic globalization. About one-third of them are from Asia and the Pacific. Asian migrant workers tend to be semi- or low-skilled. They usually migrate to countries such.. read more →

Unions from Asia and Jordan are guiding men and women migrant workers, preparing them through skills development and pre-departure programmes in origin countries and asserting their rights in destination countries, often as joint activities with other organizations. These steps and initiatives surfaced during the ILO training Trade Union Policy and Organising on Labour Migration in.. read more →

Government plans a cross-ministry approach to help spot fraud Vietnamese workers on a farm in central JapanTOKYO — With a chronic labor shortage making it increasingly important to bring in talent from abroad, Japan plans to revamp its system for keeping track of its foreign workforce to better spot fraud by employers and improve immigration.. read more →

Driving the future demand in ASEAN 6’s healthcare system are factors such as shift in age demographics and unhealthy lifestyle habits In Thailand alone growth in overweight and obesity rates in 2016 showed one of the highest among the six ASEAN countries assessed at 31.6% and 9.2% respectively. A white paper released by Asia-focused management.. read more →