Strengthening inclusive development: First roundtable meet-up in the cultural city of Myanmar

Dec 20, 2013

Serving as a “Knowledge broker” UNDP in Myanmar aims to bring experts and professionals to exchange ideas and propose recommendations contributing to inclusive development of the country

Mandalay – Framing outlines for the region’s inclusive development was the highlight of a meet-up held yesterday in Mandalay, the cultural city of Myanmar. The gathering is the first of series of roundtable discussions jointly organized by Mandalay Region Planning Department of the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, and UNDP in Myanmar.

As a global knowledge based development organization UNDP promotes initiatives in which professionals and experts voice their views and offer analysis. Serving as a “Knowledge broker” UNDP in Myanmar aims to bring government officials, law makers, academia, and representatives from local NGOs, civil society organizations and business sector together to exchange ideas and propose recommendations contributing to inclusive development of the country’s regions and states.

Development can be inclusive and reduce poverty only if the benefit of economic growth is distributed to all social groups, productive sectors and states/regions. “Through these gatherings we expect to trigger discussions and debates as a mean to hear all the voices for the inclusive development of Mandalay and Myanmar,” said Daniel Kostzer, UNDP Senior Economic Advisor in Myanmar. Complying with recommendations would help the Mandalay Region government to achieve its aim of reducing the region’s poverty incidence to 19.5 percent by 2015.           

The monthly discussions are to be organized with one particular theme chosen for each month. Major theme of the first meeting was ‘inclusive development framework for Mandalay’. Issues and challenges related to education system, human resources, role of civil society organizations in development, financial constraints, land issues, infrastructure, access to justice, decentralization and people-centered approach to democratic governance are some topics to be discussed in the following roundtable discussions. The government of Myanmar has introduced four waves of reforms and topics to be discussed in the monthly gatherings are in line with these reform processes.

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Daniel Koster - daniel.koster@undp.org

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