Myanmar Framework for Administrative Reform Initiated

May 24, 2015

Groups discussed the four main themes which underpin the administrative reforms, namely civil service capacity development; public service delivery; decentralization; and transparency and accountability. Photo: Shobhna Decloitre/UNDP

A workshop that laid the foundation for a comprehensive Framework for Administrative Reform concluded in Nay Pyi Taw today.

The Framework for Administrative Reform will identify priority areas to enhance responsiveness of public administration and will specify key actions to be implemented and coordinated.

It will be developed under the leadership of the Administrative Reform and Coordination Committee (ARCC) within the next few months in full consultation with stakeholders at Union and State/region level.

“The administrative reform process […] cannot be implemented by a single person, a single department or by a single organization. Likewise, the Union Government alone or the various levels of state or region governments alone cannot implement it fragmentally. Therefore, it is important to have a policy framework in which we can consolidate our synergies and coordinate our works,” said H. E U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar during his opening address yesterday.

The discussions at the workshop emphasized governance and capacity gaps to be addressed in the short, medium and long term in order to strengthen public service delivery and ultimately improve people’s daily lives. These have provided valuable insights for the development of the Framework for Administrative Reforms.

“This workshop is a consolidation of ongoing initiatives on administrative reforms in Myanmar, and contributes to the visioning of reforms,” said Union Minister H. E. U Hla Tun, Chairperson of the Administrative Reform and Coordination Committee (ARCC) in his concluding remarks.

The two day workshop gathered 350 participants from across Myanmar, including representatives of Union and State/Regions level ministries and institutions, members of Parliament, members of the Supreme Court, civil society organizations, academia, media and development partners and international experts.

The workshop was organized by the Government of Myanmar, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and has received funding from DANIDA, Finland, Sweden and UK Aid.

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