President U Thein Sein opens refresher course for senior gov’t officials

President U Thein Sein delivers speech at opening ceremony of refresher course for senior government officials, including directors general and managing directors of state departments and enterprises.—mna
President U Thein Sein delivers speech at opening ceremony of refresher course for senior government officials, including directors general and managing directors of state departments and enterprises.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 19 Jan — President U Thein Sein delivered speech at the opening ceremony of a refresher course for senior government officials, including directors general and managing directors of state departments and enterprises, in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
In his opening speech, U Thein Sein said that the special course is aimed to promote management skills of senior government officials who are key drivers in implementing the national vision strategically and tactically in line with laws and bylaws while keeping up democratic practices.
He also noted after adopting a policy of Clean Government and Good Governance, both the government and Hluttaws had to review reform processes at institutional structures of central bodies of the government, as well as at union-level and regional-level agencies after one year of taking office.
The government made efforts to develop systematic collaboration between state and regional governments and the Union government in accordance with democratic practices, said the president.
U Thein Sein also remarked some laws and bylaws still need amendments to meet democratic norms, while many others have been modified with the help of local and foreign experts.
Only the strong political will of the higher level cannot make achievements in reform process but strong commitment of all levels especially of the officer level to the reform process will lead to the success of the reform.
The president suggested mimicking good practices of developing and developed countries in adopting appropriate policies for the country.
Locals and international experts, as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, have pointed out Myanmar needs development of human capital, institution capital, social capital and physical capital for the development of the country.
He said efforts are to be made for promoting institutional structure, human resources management, data collection, and investments in education, health and training programmes.
He also advised to motivate their staff members through welfare programmes while fighting against corruption, adding that the government needs structural reforms in the government during the period of Third Wave reform plan.
The president informed senior officials that the government will make “restructuring and reengineering” at the ministries by the end of 2014-2015 fiscal year to develop administrative sectors when 2015-2016 fiscal year starts in April this year.
U Thein Sein also highlighted the government, under this reform plan, will shut some departments; some departments will be merged; the role of senior government officials such as directors general will have to take more responsibilities for finance and management sectors during a possible cabinet reshuffle; facts and data will be collected by using e-government and IT systems.

The refresher course will cover public policy, public administration and leadership skills by the local and foreign experts, as well as union ministers through the knowledge-sharing methodology of ‘Cross Fertilization of Ideas, Experience, and Knowledge’.
As a conclusion, the president urged all the trainees to develop themselves as efficient and skillful leaders of their respective departments through organizing capacity, knowledge about the administrative sector, and initiatives in sustainable development during the last 2015-2016 fiscal year of this administration.
The opening ceremony of the refresher course was also attended by Vice President U Nyan Tun, union ministers, deputy ministers and senior government officials.
The four-week course from January 19 to February 16 is attended by 57 senior government officials from various ministries. MNADSC_0063(2)

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