Engaging Southeast Asia’s Labour Force

Enhancing Responsible Business in Southeast Asia

GMT 1.30am (Tokyo 10.30am – 12pm, Singapore 9.30am – 11am)

About the Webinar

While Southeast Asia has been riding on the wave of globalization that has brought benefits and economic growth with expanding trade and investment linkages, such global integration has also exposed fractures in the protection of the region’s labour force that have been crucial to business and country investments. Fast-paced economic development has come at the expense of labour and human rights protection in several countries. Recent geo-political instabilities and the Covid-19 pandemic has also exposed its fragility – disruptions in supply chains, lockdowns and cessation of trade have wide-ranging adverse effects on vulnerable populations and societies. This webinar, Dr Oliver Tappe will examine “Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Laos: Local Subsistence Strategies, New Frontier Capitalism and Shifting Labour Relations”, Dr Vannarith Chheang will examine “Chinese Investments in Cambodia and their Challenges for Business and Human Rights”, Dr Su Yin Htun will speak on “Sustainable Development in a Local Community: the Mining Sector in Myanmar”, and Dr Tham Siew Yean will speak on “Foreign Workers and Human Rights in Malaysia”. Dr Benjamin Loh is the moderator of the webinar.

This webinar series is jointly organised by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

More info on the webinar series here.


This webinar series will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinars at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
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For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A feature, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.

Simultaneous interpreting is available in Japanese during the webinars.


Sep 09 2020


9:30 am - 11:00 am