Myanmar Launches Reform Plan to Promote More Ethical and Inclusive Civil Service

Jul 10, 2017

Vice President H.E U Myint Swe, Speakers of the Amyotha and Pyithu Hluttaws, the Attorney General, Chairperson of UCSB, Chairperson of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, UNDP Country Director, Chief Ministers and Ministers from the 14 States and Regions at the launch of the Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan.

State Counsellor, H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi launched Myanmar’s four-year Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan today at an event in Nay Pyi Taw.

The Plan sets out a vision for change over 2017-2020. It is a blue print for extensive reforms which will ensure the civil service is more ethical, better reflects the diversity of the country, and is effectively able to help address the complex challenges of peace, national reconciliation, corruption, and development that confront Myanmar.

“Tackling corruption will contribute to a wider objective of the Strategic Action Plan: the development of greater trust between civil servants and the communities that they serve. (…) Establishing this mutual trust may take time, but will bring real and tangible benefits for all concerned,” said Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The development of the Plan has been led by the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the result of extensive consultations held over the past year.

H.E. Dr. Win Thein, Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board said, “More than one thousand people from Union Government, Parliament, States and Regions, civil society and development partners, helped develop this Plan, ensuring that it reflects what really matters for civil service reforms in Myanmar.”

“With this plan, Myanmar has the opportunity to make its civil service more inclusive and representative. A more inclusive civil service which is ethical, meritocratic and builds on the rich diversity of the country will allow civil servants to deliver better services and development outcomes for all people in Myanmar” said UNDP Country Director Peter Batchelor.

The Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan will involve changes to civil service management across all government institutions, and its implementation will be led by the UCSB, and co-chaired by the General Administration Department and Anti-Corruption Commission. It includes a strong focus on anti-corruption and encouraging ethical practices in the civil service. Proposed measures include setting codes of conduct to change civil service values and mindsets, more training, and better ways for civil servants and ordinary people to report corruption.

The Plan was launched at the start of a three-day Knowledge Forum on Public Service Motivation, held in Nay Pyi Taw and attended by 650 people. The Forum was co-organized by UCSB and UNDP.