Myanmar Officials visit Cambodia to share experiences about Local Governance Reforms in Cambodia and Myanmar

Dec 6, 2013

Delegation was able to discuss with colleagues from the government and civil societies in Cambodian methods in increasing public participation in local planning and service delivery, role of CSOs in local development, and analyzing the systems set up to link planning and development processes from the local to the state level

Phnom Penh/ Yangon –A delegation of 25 Union and State levels government officials and civil society representatives from Myanmar participated in a week-long study tour in Cambodia to exchange experiences on implementation of reforms that are aiming to make local development participatory, accountable and responsive to the needs of citizens.

The delegation was headed by H.E. Dr. Min Nwe Soe, Minister of Planning and Economic Development in Mon State, H.E. Mr. Ran Mang, Minister of National Planning and Economic Development in Chin State and Mr. Htun Hla Aung, the Director General of the General Administration department Ministry of Home Affairs.  Other members of the delegation include senior officials from a number of government departments at Union and State level.

The study tour has been organized jointly by the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Capital Development Fund as part of their support to the ongoing reform works of national and state level governments and civil society in Myanmar. During the study tour, the delegation was able to discuss with colleagues from the side of the government and civil society in Cambodian methods how to increase public participation in local planning and service delivery, the role of civil society organizations in local development, and to analyze the systems set up to link planning and development processes from the local to the state level.

The delegation from Myanmar was hosted by the Secretariat of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD) an inter-ministerial body bringing together all key government agencies engaged in the decentralization and deconcentration reform in Cambodia.

Christian Hainzl, the UNDP Team Leader for Local Governance said “NCDD has been generously sharing their experiences with the Myanmar delegation and enabled discussions with key stakeholders such as Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Economy and Finance, the NGO Forum in Cambodia and representatives of the Cambodian parliaments. Delegates were able to analyze and discuss with peers similar projects and programs that have been initiated or are planned in Myanmar, including a township development fund modality to strengthen local planning and project implementation and ways of citizen engagement in a bottom up planning process.  Discussions also reflected on the use of baselines and analysis to enhance the results of the reforms, increase social accountability, and how to address gaps for capacity development; similar to the objectives of the sub national governance mapping that has just started in Myanmar, he said.

The sub-national governance mapping exercise will initially be rolled out in 2 states, Mon and Chin, and then be expanded countrywide in 2014. The data gathered through this exercise will help the government and civil society in Myanmar to identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen local development.
UNDP will continue to leverage South-South experience sharing in support of Myanmar's reform processes.

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