UNDP strengthens leadership skills of senior civil servantsAug 13, 2014
Pyin Oo Lwin - Thirty-three Director and Deputy Director Generals of Myanmar State institutions acquired additional skills and knowledge on public administration reforms and related development matters in a two-week series of training sessions organized by UNDP at the Central Institute of the Civil Service in Zee Pin Gyi, near Pyin Oo Lwin. UNDP’s two week contribution concluded last week was part of a newly established eight week leadership training course for top-level officials in the Myanmar civil service. These training sessions are part of the Union Civil Service Board’s educational programme.
The Director and Deputy Director Generals, of whom five were women, were drawn from 24 Ministries, as well as the Amothya Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw, Pyitaungsu Hluttaw, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, Constitutional Tribunal and Union Election Commission- bringing representatives from all three branches of State together to share their unique perspectives.
UNDP specialists guided the attendees as they learned the theory and practice behind topical issues which are critical for Myanmar’s progress in its third wave of reforms. Subjects included good governance, international experiences in public administration reforms and human resources management for government, dialogue with the people, gender equality and international law. The training sessions included interactive discussions and group exercises, to ensure that attendees acquired a deep understanding of new concepts behind various dimensions of reforms.
Specialists from UNICEF and the 3MDG Fund, Dr. Aye Aye Yee, Dr. Chit Ko Ko, and Dr. Kyaw Nyunt Sein, provided case studies on early childhood care and development, child protection, and maternal and child health in Myanmar, emphasising the value and potential impact of administrative reforms on the lives of people in Myanmar.
The course will better enable Director and Deputy Director Generals to engage pro-actively in the ongoing ‘third wave’ of reforms led by President U Thein Sein. On the 10th June 2014 at the Multi-stakeholder Steering Committee for Reforms, President U Thein Sein had stressed , that the ‘third wave’ will help to ensure a ‘solid foundation for a new democracy…and a higher living standard for the people.’
The participants agreed that the course allowed them to gain a broad picture of reforms that have the potential to positively affect the whole of government, as well as gaining an understanding of their potential role, as leaders, in facilitating change. They highlighted the importance of better understanding key issues relating to development and administrative reforms at a time when the government is redoubling its energy to accelerate the ‘third wave of reforms’.
UNDP’s support was part of its work on Democratic Governance, which works with the parliament, the judiciary, and the executive to strengthen government institutions, and make them more responsive and accountable to the needs of the people. Under its Public Administration component, UNDP works with key ministries to build institutional capacities in support of the public administration reform process. This includes the Union Civil Service Board and other State training institutions.
(Ms.) Thin Thin Aung, Programme Specialist for Public Administration
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