The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is celebrating its 50th year, with the Philippines serving as chairman of the organization this year. The Asean was formed by the original Asean 5—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand—in 1967, or at the height of the Vietnam War. The organization was widely seen then as an.. read more →

BEIJING: China and Singapore will do their best to expedite talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Singapore’s foreign minister said, calling the potential pact a statement on the importance of free trade. The Beijing-backed RCEP has been given new impetus by US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement,.. read more →

2017 Jun 13
June 13, 2017

Modern slavery in Asia

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IF the 2016 Global Slavery Index is accurate, two-thirds of world’s modern-day slaves are found in Asian countries, mostly victims of human trafficking. The illicit market in exploited people is so lucrative that it is said to generate over $150 billion in profits worldwide—bigger than the GDP of countries like Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Hungary and Oman… read more →

As the global community gears up to commemorate this day as World Day Against Child Labour, my memories go back 19 years to those electrifying few months in 1998. That was when our movement for child rights won not just a tangible victory, but also a moral crusade. That was when likeminded people across the.. read more →

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population signed an MoU with Singapore’s Temasek Foundation-Singapore Polytechnic in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday to cooperate on establishing a technical institution quality assurance framework for Myanmar workers. U Thein Swe, minister of Labour, Immigration and Population, said the purpose of the MoU is to assist the main duties.. read more →