Exposure of Myanmar Officials to Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery SystemAug 17, 2015
[Kuala Lumpur, 17 August 2015] A delegation of 14 senior officials from the Government of Myanmar started a four-day exposure visit to Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) to learn about the “Big Fast Results” methodology and the performance management model applied by Malaysia to monitor and evaluate national development goals and targets.
Under the leadership of Dr. Myint Han, Director General of the Ministry of Health, the 14-person delegation will visit the Health and Education sectors and hold discussions on the Malaysian approach of doing business and on developing national targets and plans through a participatory methodology.
The delegation represents key sectors that provide basic services to and ensure the livelihoods of Myanmar citizens. Health, Education, Labour, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, Immigration and Population and the General Administration Directorate are represented, alongside Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the President’s Office.
The exposure visit is expected to enhance institutional performance management capacity in Myanmar and improve service delivery. The Malaysian model was identified by senior Myanmar Government officials as a reference model based on its recorded successes and achievements.
The tone of the mission was set before the delegates departed Myanmar.
“This exposure visit is not meant to be a one-time event; it is the first step of a process in which participants are expected to play a key role in the improvement of service delivery through strengthening delivery units in Myanmar,” said the then Minister U Tin Naing Thein, addressing delegates during the pre-visit meeting last week.
In the spirit of South-South cooperation, the delegates are expected to gain from PEMANDU’s internationally acknowledged experience and expertise, and could facilitate future cooperation and partnership between Myanmar and Malaysia in the area of performance management.
This visit would be followed by a visit to India, where delegates would engage with the Indian Performance Management Department, part of the Prime Minister’s Office, on the same themes. The comparative analysis of the two models would allow Myanmar to devise its own performance management and monitoring model taking into account best practices but also potential risks and drawbacks.
These visits are supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) in Myanmar and fall under the Public Administrative Responsiveness Output, part of the Democratic Governance Pillar.