Asean Economic Community hindered by different levels of development and priorities Asean has just turned 50 and is almost a household name today, both within and beyond Asia. Established in 1967, Asean’s initial focus was on politico-security issues. Its proactive engagement with the region has contributed to sustained peace and stability in South-east Asia. Asean’s.. read more →

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) – To prevent another mass protest by workers, the Cambodian government decided to pass a controversial universal minimum wage law. A controversial universal minimum wage law will be passed this year in order to prevent a repeat of the mass protests over garment sector wages that rocked the country.. read more →

ILO encourages Cambodian government, employers and workers to engage in tripartite dialogue while elaborating a minimum wage law complying with the adopted Decent Work Country Programme (2016-18) and relevant international labour standards. Statement | Phnom Penh | 22 August 2017 BANGKOK (ILO News) – The ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR notes.. read more →

The government is processing more than 770,000 illegal migrant workers who decided to register with the state in their bid to stay in the country, Employment Department director-general Waranon Pitiwan says. Penalties under the newly-promulgated law on foreign labour employment will be suspended until the law takes effect on Jan 1 when Thailand will adopt.. read more →

2017 Aug 04
August 4, 2017

Asean @ 50: The way forward

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I am reprinting my opening remarks yesterday: “As the theme of the conference suggests, ASEAN is celebrating its 50 years of existence this year, even while it contemplates its future. From its humble beginnings with modest aspirations, it is not an exaggeration to say that ASEAN, as a collectivity, has risen as a middle power.. read more →