Myanmar introduces the first management course for its senior officials

May 29, 2013

H.E. U Kyaw Thu, Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board, delivers an opening speech

Yangon – The first management course for senior-level government officials is introduced on 20 May at the Central Institute of Civil Service (Phaung Gyi) in Yangon. The four-week long course is organised by the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) with technical assistance from UNDP and World Bank to improve the management and administrative abilities of civil service personnel in Myanmar.

Myanmar, in its reform processes, has focused on creating an enabling environment, and prime movers are senior leadership, policy and legal framework. “They are the ones that enable the institutions to function and individuals to work,” said Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar. The training course will showcase the obligatory of a senior manager to lead teams and set an enabling environment for the change process of Myanmar, and according to him UNDP will assist Myanmar all through its change process.

Countries at the cross roads of reform have to adapt more to the global best practices and reach the citizen more effectively and efficiently, and Myanmar has already started working on this direction under its third phase of reforms, said Kurbanov.

UNDP will engage more and working closely with the government as part of its endeavours to enhance the national ownership capacities. It is assisting UCSB in its efforts to enhance overall capacities of training delivery for bettering publically managed citizen services. UNDP helps UCSB to draft a national training policy for the government and capacity needs assessment report. A training unit will also be established in UCSB to help improve capacities of the government staff to work together with UNDP for delivering development assistance.

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