Vice President U Nyan Tun said on Monday at a meeting with stakeholders of the “Myanmar National Community-Driven Development Project,” which aims at developing rural areas, that all stakeholders are required to get involved in drafting development plans and implementing them as it is “impossible for the government to alone achieve rural development and poverty reduction, which are interrelated.”
Speaking at the meeting with private stakeholders and officials in Nay Pyi Taw, he said the government has been carrying out political, economic, administrative and private sector development reforms aimed at stabilizing the state and maintaining the rule of law, but that poverty reduction must be tackled in order to get Myanmar off the list of least developed countries, the vice president said, stressing that the international community recognizes and supports the reforms in Myanmar, proven by an increase in bilateral cooperation in various sectors.
A rural development strategy framework has been drawn by experts and scholars, with the government now pushing for its implementation to speed up the process of sustainable rural development.
According to the vice president, the government believes that implementing development projects in accordance with international standards instead of applying conventional methods will lead to sustainable socioeconomic development of the people. Community-driven rural development projects have been implemented since 2013 with financial and technical assistance from the World Bank, aimed at giving the public opportunities to participate in all stages of the process.
The projects are also designed to encourage the public to nurture cooperation with local government authorities and enable life-long learning for capacity enhancement through transparency, accountability, gender equality and social as well as environmental protection.
The vice president stressed the need for the public to participate in planning, implementing, supervising and assessing the different stages of the development projects.
Village-tracts under the project will receive about K 24 million per year for three consecutive years for infrastructure development. Although challenges remain for the public as Myanmar experienced centralization for many years, the vice president urged participants of the review meeting to improve the current situation based on their experience. The vice president’s speech was followed by reports from the Union Minister for Livestock, Fishery and Rural Development U Ohn Myint and Global Practice Manager Ms. Susan Wong, who discussed measures to be introduced for the implementation of rural development projects and poverty reduction.