The Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government, U Min Thu, met with staff of the Sagaing Region General Administration Department at the State GAD office in Monywa Township yesterday.
Firstly, the head of the Sagaing Region GAD, U Tin Maung Swe, introduced the Union Minister to everyone in attendance and explained about the State GAD’s processes and performances. The Union Minister then delivered a speech.
History of the GAD
The Union Minister said the GAD had always strived to implement a firm administrative mechanism for the nation and the people through successive political systems. He said he believes the GAD would continue this task of fulfilling the people’s needs and succeed in reforming itself to be in line with the political system chosen by the people of the nation.
GAD workshop produced good results
The Union Minister said a workshop on reforms was held in Nay Pyi Taw with GAD staff from 26 to 28 February. It was attended by all the government secretaries of the states, regions and Nay Pyi Taw Council together with district administrators. The workshop discussed reform measures for the GAD based on its staff. The Union Minister said staff participated enthusiastically in the workshop and discussed the reforms with empathy. He said this has increased the belief in the GAD’s fresh steps towards undertaking reforms.
Vision, mission of the GAD
The Union Minister said the workshop produced a vision statement: ‘Building good administration and mechanism based on the people’. This is the long-term objective chosen by the GAD staff. He said the mission statements made at the workshop included promoting the rule of law and community peace, implementing State Policy, establishing a good administrative system, and carrying out people-centred regional development. These mission statements were adopted by the GAD staff and thus they must undertake them with deep consideration, said the Union Minister.
Values of the GAD
He said that the GAD staff at the workshop also decided on six departmental values: be effective and skilled, be honest, be responsible and accountable, be trusted by the public, practice equality and inclusiveness, and be in line with rules and regulations. These were the standards required for all GAD staff to implement while discharging their daily duties.
Three main reform tasks
The Union Minister said the workshop also facilitated the emergence of 3 tasks for reform: (1) reforming policies, (2) reforming regulations and managerial components, and (3) establishing regional development and good practices.
The first reform task included reviewing amending laws, bylaws, written orders and directives as necessary. The Union Minister said this task required some preparation as the GAD had been transferred to his ministry and included the need for some flexibility and lessening of restrictions. He said this task would be undertaken on a step-by-step priority basis.
The second reform task included handling the GAD’s manual, organization, administrative management, e-Government and the digital platform, capacity development, and public interaction. These would also be arranged and implemented on a priority basis.
The third reform task would also sort out and prioritize steps to be taken towards establishing good practices that were in line with the current political system, and to produce noticeable regional development.
The Union Minister said the reform tasks needed to be carried out at the same time in uniformity with each other and with the One State-One Township project. The Nay Pyi Taw workshop also produced 5 compulsory facts for the project and 9 facts to be added if necessary.
In his conclusion, Union Minister U Min Thu urged the GAD staff to systematically carry out the necessary reforms as change was a natural part of life that was not to be feared and occured every day. He said if these reforms were implemented in line with the vision and mission statements adopted by GAD staff themselves, there was no reason why success could not be achieved.
Afterwards, GAD staff in attendance submitted requirements to the Union Minister, who gave necessary suggestions and directions and then urged the staff to respect and follow the policies and procedures of the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government.
—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)