Closing Address by H.E. Dr. Win Thein, Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board

Aug 26, 2016

Esteemed Participants, Representatives of the International Community, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our Consultative Workshop has come to an end…  On behalf of the UCSB, I thank you all for your valuable contributions and active participation throughout the two days.  Intense discussions were witnessed…  Discussions that are providing UCSB and the whole of the GoM with valuable inputs and recommendations to strengthen the Civil Service Agenda and better root it in the transformation of our country.  And as mentioned yesterday at the opening session, the UCSB is keen on developing an Action Plan that would serve us all and that would be responsive to the needs and aspirations of our fellow citizens and to those of the civil service personnel, who constitute the backbone of our institutions.

The conclusions of the group work have reconfirmed the pivotal role ‘Integrity’ and ‘Accountability’ play in ensuring that the social contract is strengthened and that the administration becomes a ‘better place to be’ and ‘closer to our people’.  Without a trustful relationship between State institutions and the people, we face the risk of failing in delivering what we have committed ourselves to do as a Government.  We will make sure that the plan ensures that these values of integrity, transparency and accountability, equality and inclusiveness are guiding our activities and programmes.  We will work with all our partners in Government and in the Hluttaws to ensure that we are transforming our civil service and transforming our administration.

We all noted in the opening speech of H.E. Vice President U MyintSwe the clear reference to reforming the public administration and our institutions, for better service delivery and effectiveness.  We are certain that the CSR agenda is in the heart of this endeavor and we will do whatever possible to ensure that the transformation and modernization of the state is performed in the most adapted and suitable manner.

Our esteemed invitees from the international community have provided us with a multitude of new and innovative ideas based on international practice, and these have informed the debates in group work and were taken into account in the development of ‘solutions’ to the problems and issues we are facing in the CSR Agenda.  However, I am keen today to highlight and thank the inputs and contribution of our national experts, who have proven once their capacity to assess the needs of our administration and our country and develop ‘context-driven’ interventions that would have high impact on our development.  And it is with those experts and colleagues that the UCSB will be working in developing the Strategic Action Plan, which needs to be seen as I had mentioned in the opening remarks yesterday as a plan for all the civil service and not only a plan for the UCSB.  Consider the UCSB as a vehicle that would make this plan a reality and that would be entrusted as per its mandate to monitor its successful implementation!

It is important for me here to highlight the importance of evidence-based analysis in support of our plan.  We are very keen at UCSB to ensure that policy and procedural directives and amendments are made based on solid analysis.  We would need for this to happen the help and support of our trusted partners from the international community and development partners who will be called upon to support us in performing several diagnostic work as we move forward.  This workshop has presented a platform for some of this ongoing work to be presented and shared with all of you.  I recall the ‘Perception Study on Ethics, Meritocracy and Equal Opportunities’ performed with UNDP, the ‘Training Assessment of the two CICS’ performed with the EU, the ‘Pay, Compensation and Human Resources Review’ performed by the World Bank, and others.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The UCSB will move ahead with the formation of a Task Force for developing the CSR Strategic Action Plan.  We are keen that this Task Force is inclusive and be formed with representation from various government ministries and institutions.  We will also be welcoming should honorable Members of Parliament and Civil Society Organizations and Academics accept the invitation to join us in developing this Action Plan.  We will ensure that the process is inclusive and consultative.  

This workshop is to be considered as the first step of these consultations and we are looking forward to future work together as we develop and refine our Action Plan.  The UCSB will engage with all of you and will ensure that the international community is brought in these debates to enrich them with international best practice.  As you have noted in our Way Forward presentation, delivered by H.E. U Win Maw on behalf of UCSB, we are committing ourselves to using ICT platforms to engage with the broader public and open the door to broader reviews and inputs as the plan is developed.  I hereby call on you all to be active participants in the development of the Strategic Action Plan and later on in its delivery.   

I thank you again for being part of this event and for your contributions.

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