No free flow of labour within AEC planned

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labourerThe ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), planned to come into effect by the end of 2015, will not allow the free flow of labour but it will allow goods and services to trade freely and also the elimination or reduction of non-tariff barriers, the Malaysian Reserve reported.

“The AEC will not open national borders to facilitate the free flow of labour but will instead focus on free entry of professionals,” CIMB Asean Research Institute Prof Dr Jörn Dosch was quoted as saying.

Dosch said the provision in the AEC blueprint simply stipulates the member countries will facilitate the issuance of visas and employment passes for professionals and skilled labour, and it does not mention the movement of labour beyond the national borders.

To achieve the limited crossborder flow of labour in the region, mutual recognition arrangements are in place or being negotiated for skilled professionals to cover eight professions.

“This means that highly trained and specialised professionals will find it easier to work in other ASEAN countries,” Dosch said.

Among the professionals who will be given almost immediate access to jobs within the ASEAN region are medics, dentists, nurses, engineers, architects, accountants, surveyors and tourism professionals.

“However, the AEC does not cover the crucial issues of nonskilled and illegal migration which is much more pressing than the free flow of skilled labour,” Dosch said.

Besides the AEC, ASEAN countries also have the Triangle project, which is designed to strengthen regional policies on the governance of labour migration between the member states. The project enhances the capacity of governments, as well as workers’ and employers’ organisations, to help reduce labour exploitation and inequalities between female and male migrants within ASEAN.

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The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), planned to come into effect by the end of 2015, will not allow the free flow of labour but it will allow goods and services to trade freely and also the elimination or reduction of non-tariff barriers, the Malaysian Reserve reported.

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labourerThe ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), planned to come into effect by the end of 2015, will not allow the free flow of labour but it will allow goods and services to trade freely and also the elimination or reduction of non-tariff barriers, the Malaysian Reserve reported.

“The AEC will not open national borders to facilitate the free flow of labour but will instead focus on free entry of professionals,” CIMB Asean Research Institute Prof Dr Jörn Dosch was quoted as saying.

Dosch said the provision in the AEC blueprint simply stipulates the member countries will facilitate the issuance of visas and employment passes for professionals and skilled labour, and it does not mention the movement of labour beyond the national borders.

To achieve the limited crossborder flow of labour in the region, mutual recognition arrangements are in place or being negotiated for skilled professionals to cover eight professions.

“This means that highly trained and specialised professionals will find it easier to work in other ASEAN countries,” Dosch said.

Among the professionals who will be given almost immediate access to jobs within the ASEAN region are medics, dentists, nurses, engineers, architects, accountants, surveyors and tourism professionals.

“However, the AEC does not cover the crucial issues of nonskilled and illegal migration which is much more pressing than the free flow of skilled labour,” Dosch said.

Besides the AEC, ASEAN countries also have the Triangle project, which is designed to strengthen regional policies on the governance of labour migration between the member states. The project enhances the capacity of governments, as well as workers’ and employers’ organisations, to help reduce labour exploitation and inequalities between female and male migrants within ASEAN.

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