A local business tycoon had a conversation with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi long before the 2015 election. He has maintained a close connection not only with the previous government but also with the incumbent one.
“I heard people say your National League for Democracy is short of people with intellectual capacity,” said the tycoon to the party’s chairperson.
“Do you by any chance know who’s who in the party?” she asked him without a pause.
“No one else but the people here in this country” was his quick response.
“For your information, the people of our country have long been deprived of the opportunity to build and enhance their capacity. We have no choice but to form the party with them,” she enlightened him about the background of the situation.
It struck the local business tycoon what he should do and how the private institutions could support the government in its democratic reforms by helping it improve its own mechanisms.
The entire intellectuals of our society must come together to make generous efforts in their areas of expertise by lending a helping hand to the government in its democratic reforms to improve socio-economic development.
All things considered, the need for capacity building at all levels of society merits urgent attention as well as special mention. The government must make the best possible use of private assistance because this undertaking is too enormous to handle alone.