THAILAND, MYANMAR settle worker import plan

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BANGKOK: Thai and Myanmar labor ministers have agreed to proceed with a labor cooperation plan to import migrant workers through a government-to-government agreement, says a senior ministry official. Labor spokesman Theerapol Khunmuang said the plan is aimed not only at putting an end to labor exploitation and human trafficking, but also ensuring migrant workers’ rights are protected. The agreement was concluded on a recent visit to Myanmar by Labor Minister Gen Sirichai Distakul, he said, noting the meeting was a follow-up on the previous one in January in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. Theerapol said the meeting in Myanmar was also intended to prepare for an upcoming meeting of the Asean labor ministers in Laos in the middle of this month. Thailand has already signed a labor agreement with Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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