Nay Pyi Taw workshop explores COVID-19’s impact on elderly income in CLMV countries

A Validation Workshop for the Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Income Security of Rural Older Peo­ple in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning in a hybrid format.


The research was con­ducted from June 2023 to June 2024 in each respective country with funding from the ASEAN Development Fund (ADF) following the resolu­tion of the Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development Work Plan (2021-25).


Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettle­ment Dr Soe Win, along with personnel from relevant de­partments, regional and national researchers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myan­mar, and other think tanks at­tended in person. Represent­atives from the office of the Secretary-General of ASEAN, social welfare staff, the alter­nate chair of the SOMSWD, focal points, and the alternate chair of the ASEAN SLOM attended virtually.


Union Minister Dr Soe Win addressed the workshop, highlighting the global chal­lenges faced by vulnerable groups due to COVID-19, in­cluding difficulties in earning, healthcare, and social securi­ty for older people in rural ar­eas of Southeast Asia. The re­search findings underscored the impacts of COVID-19 on elders in various sectors and provided recommendations for policy-making. He also urged long-term cooperation to ensure sustainable income access for elders, particularly in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.


Deputy Director-General of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Labour, In­valids and Social Affairs of Vietnam, Dr Ha Thi Minh Duc, delivered a speech on behalf of the alternate chair of the SOMSWD.


Regional researcher Dr Khine Khin Phyu presented the research findings. Partici­pants discussed the research, and the director-general of the Social Welfare Department concluded the meeting. — MNA/TMT