Workshop Lays Foundation for Reforming Myanmar’s Civil Service

Aug 26, 2016

Photo Credit: UCSB

Civil servants are key to institutional reform and a strong and modern civil service is needed for Myanmar reach its full potential, Vice President, H. E. U MyintSwe said. He was speaking at anevent where national and international experts discussed ways to transform the Myanmar civil service into a transparent, service oriented and trusted institution.

“Our reform process will only be possible if the responsible persons from different departments believe in and lead the reform. Mindsets of the civil servants, practices, efficiency, regulations and their effect determines the administrative mechanism reform. For this, it is very important for us to come up with an action plan,” said Vice President, H. E. U Myint Swe.

The two-day Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan was jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Union Civil Service Board, which has the mandate over Civil Service selection, training, setting rules and regulations.

It was attended over 200 participants representing a broad range of government organisations.

“This workshop is to be considered as a first step to ‘reinvent’ the Civil Service through determining a new vision and a dedicated Strategic Action Plan that would allow the Government of Myanmar to achieve transformation and modernization.  The Action Plan will be geared towards ensuring the Service embodies the values and principles of integrity, meritocracy, professionalism and equality and it is through these values and principles that the Civil Servants will gain trust from the people and will play the main role in the modernization of the country,” said the Chairperson of UCSB, H.E.Dr Win Thein.

UNDP Myanmar Democratic Governance Team Leader Emma Morley said, “In Myanmar, as in other countries, public servants are in a strong position to come up with new, creative and effective solutions to the challenges they face every day. This workshop is an opportunity for reform leaders to listen to the suggestions of civil servants from across government about how to strengthen and reform the civil service.”

At the conclusion of the workshop, it was agreed that a special task force be formed to manage the development of the Strategic Plan, and that during the drafting process formal and informal consultations take place with government, non government actors, donor and development partners.  Before being finalized, the Civil Service Reform Action Plan will need to be validated through review meetings and engagement with the broader public.

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