Union Parliament of Myanmar benefits from a Strategic Planning Mission

Jun 19, 2014

National Advisor U Tin Aung Cho discusses the Strategic Plan with representatives of ethnic parties. Photo: Edin Elgsaether/UNDP Myanmar

The Union Parliament of Myanmar will soon have a strategic plan. This has been agreed by the parliamentary leadership who identified the need for developing a strategic plan for the Union Parliament of Myanmar, following a knowledge sharing mission to the Union Parliament, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) last week.

“The strategic plan is an important milestone in strengthening the parliament’s own capacity to develop the institution, set priorities and support the coordination of development assistance from outside” said David Elder, Clerk of the House, House of Representatives, Australia, who took part in the mission. In the course of the week Mr. Elder shared Australia’s experience and practical insights about advantages of strategic plans with the Union Parliament of Myanmar. Australia's Ambassador to Myanmar, Ms Bronte Moules, said Australia was pleased to be able to support this important initiative, recognising the vital role of parliament in Myanmar's democratic reform.

"We have had very useful interactions with the members of the mission. Their wealth of experience has clearly highlighted the importance of having a strategic plan which will further strengthen the parliament’s capacity and better support stakeholders needs,” said U Kyaw Soe, Director General of the Union Parliament of Myanmar.

The mission engaged with the Parliament’s political and administrative leadership and, on this basis, identified four objectives to include in the Strategic Plan of the Union Parliament of Myanmar. These include improved legislation and oversight; improved services to members; increased capacity of staff and support services; and improved communication and collaboration.

UNDP Country Director Toily Kurbanov said that strategic plan will help UNDP to better target its programme of strengthening the capacity of the Union Parliament of Myanmar, while expanding the range of tools and mechanisms. “Knowledge transfer between Parliaments is one of the key components of our capacity building programme for the Union Parliament of Myanmar. UNDP is pleased to have supported this exchange between Myanmar and Australia,” said Mr. Kurbanov.

UNDP and other partners will continue to support the Union Parliament of Myanmar to ensure a successful development and implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Contact information

Shobhna Decloitre
Communications Specialist
UNDP Myanmar
shobhna.decloitre@undp.org

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