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September 21, 2018

Coordinate with DACU before issuing guidance to development partners

  • Myanmar is currently in one of the most challenging periods in the country’s post-transition process. But these challenges present us with opportunities to strengthen our commitment to peace and national reconciliation as a foundation for democratic consolidation in Myanmar.
    Two recent signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement are the latest steps taken in our peace process, while the country is looking forward to hosting the next Panglong Conference in the very near future.
    The Union Government has committed to finding lasting stability and harmony, and supporting broad-based, inclusive socio-economic development in Rakhine State. To this end, it has established the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State, the Rakhine Advisory Commission Implementation Committee and the Rakhine Advisory Board.
    Myanmar established the Development Assistance Coordination Unit in late 2016 and held a roundtable discussion believing it would provide the country with an opportunity to greet 2018 with a common vision for the development of Myanmar.
    While Myanmar continues to enjoy the goodwill of the international community in the form of development assistance, the DACU has not lost sight of the fact that, if this country is to make meaningful progress toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, we must join together with the private sector, an important partner and the most reliable engine for growth.
    When we transform our developmental and financial landscape, we welcome all forms of responsible investment: public and private, national and global, in the form of both capital and capacity.
    Although peace and national reconciliation, which are the commitment made by the Union Government, are essential to the sustainable development of our nation, the purpose of holding the Myanmar Development Effectiveness Roundtable is not to focus unduly on one sector, issue or location, but rather to establish a broad-ranging, deep and strategic dialogue on the major developmental challenges and opportunities that must be tackled in the year ahead, and in the longer-term, without prejudice to any particular source of financing.
    DACU is keenly aware of this new global reality, and are actively looking at how best we can position Myanmar to take advantage of this brave new world.
    We are also keenly aware of our latecomer advantage, and wish to make use of the lessons available to us to avoid or possibly leapfrog over challenges and obstacles that have been faced by others.
    Myanmar would like to request all international communities to engage with the DACU regularly, and to coordinate with it before issuing guidance to development partners.

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