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Myanmar's reforms thwarted by old methods and delayed actions, says official

The meeting for regional development between government officials, committees and members of parliament from six townships in Hinthada District. (Photo/EMG)

Publication Date : 20-12-2013


Progress in Myanmar's reform programme is being hampered by a centralised administration system too stuck in its ways, according to the deputy-minister for construction.

Soe Tint, who chairs the sub-committee for construction, which is one of the President's special task-forces or "delivery units" for reforms, was speaking on December 16 at a regional development meeting in Ayeyawady Region.

"Centralisation is still practiced in the administration system and it always goes top-down. This must be reformed. The government has been urging to change mindsets. Departments are told to carry out reforms but they reform very little in reality. From top-down system, we have to go to bottom-up," said Soe Tint.

The meeting included government officials, committees and members of parliament from 6 townships from Hinthada District, Ayeyawady Region.

After decades of military rule, Myanmar initiated a series of political and economic reforms in 2010 when a quasi-civilian government came into power. This opened the doors for re-engagement with international community who promptly responded by lifting sanctions.

"It has been 30 months that we have been making reforms but it is noticed that desired progress hasn't been achieved. There is still progress. Our system is fraught with old methods and delayed actions. It must be reformed. But how? We must find the best way to deliver fast reforms," the deputy minister said.

On September 27, President Thein Sein assigned 23 deputy ministers as the president’s special task-force to lead 26 sub-committees or "delivery units" in order to deliver reforms more effectively.


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