There is just one day to go before 2018 ends and a new year begins. It is simply natural for time to usher us into a new future every year. Change is a part of nature, seasons change and landscapes are altered over time. In an age where change is the norm, we have to keep up a rapid pace if we do not want to be left behind.
Myanmar established a parliamentary democracy after achieving independence and managed to lead developments to a certain extent in the post-war era. During the 1960s, Myanmar was the ideal that most countries looked up to. Around 1968, our country was on a par with Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and other Southeast Asian countries. In the 1980s, Eastern Europe and East Asia prioritized reforms and gradually developed.
After 1970, Myanmar became isolated from the global economy, which lead to a slowdown in development. But Myanmar had not fallen behind countries just yet. Many countries began transitioning to a democratic system between 1973 and 2010. There were 40 countries with a democratic system in 1973 and that number grew to 115 by 2010. These countries developed because they were able to reform their system.
When we were under the rule of external entities, the shared goal of the people was to establish an independent union, drive development, and bring prosperity to all citizens.
While working to achieve prosperity for all through reforms, we must put the needs of the people first. We must incorporate truth and loving-kindness into our reform movements so that they conform with our country’s objectives.
There was a lot of excitement among the general public and the international community in 2016 as they looked forward with hope to reforms in the country. The new administration is making the necessary changes in the political, economic, and social sectors to develop the livelihoods of the people. There are still many changes that need to be implemented if we are to successfully develop all sectors. While there have been significant improvements in some regions, others are still struggling.
Even so, if we look closely at the real state of development in post-independence Myanmar and other countries of the world, we can see that reforms are the path to national development.
Therefore, We would like to urge everyone to participate in the reforms process in the country for uniform development across all platforms.