President Opens Brainstorming Workshop on Administrative Reforms Facilitated by UNDP

May 23, 2015

H.E U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar sets the tone at the consultative workshop on administrative reform Photo: Shobhna Decloitre/UNDP

“To achieve good governance we need transparency and accountability in our administrative mechanisms serving the public. Additionally, we need to build up the capacities of our civil servants who are the main source of running the administrative mechanism,” said H. E. U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

“We believe that the promotion of public administration will be contributive towards creating an enabling environment for building solidarity, prevalence of peace and stability and also bringing about development in the country.”

H. E U Thein Sein was speaking at the Consultative Workshop on Developing a Framework for Administrative Reform for Myanmar that started in Nay Pyi Taw today. Administrative reforms are at the core of the Myanmar reforms agenda and they are essential to achieving sustainable development and peace.

The workshop is centered around the four main themes which underpin the administrative reforms, namely civil service capacity development; public service delivery; decentralization; and transparency and accountability. This workshop is a first building stone towards developing a comprehensive Framework for Administrative Reform document which will provide a strategic direction and roadmap for administrative reforms and identify short, medium and long term priorities.

Administration reform is being overseen by an inter-ministerial coordination committee chaired by H. E. U Hla Tun, Union Minister.  

“International experience shows us that administrative reform is a long term process and needs to be undertaken in a step by step manner. We need to know what the people want and have to focus on quick wins in the first instance while we lay the foundation for long term steps,” said H. E U Hla Tun.

 “Administrative reforms are not only about bureaucratic and procedural improvements – although they are an important part of it – they are also and most importantly about who gets to take decisions, who has the resources, who has the authority. These reforms are therefore not just a matter of improving people’s daily lives. They are also about resolving some of the most contentious challenges of Myanmar’s transition,” said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, Toily Kurbanov.

The two day workshop has gathered about 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 is being organized by the Government of Myanmar, supported by the UNDP, and has received funding from DANIDA, Finland, Sweden and UK Aid.

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Shobhna Decloitre
UNDP Myanmar Communications Specialist

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