August 19, 2016

It’s not who it is, but what it does

Strange as it may seem, a country which is sitting on deposits of minerals and natural resources is nevertheless lagging far behind its neighbours in terms of its human resources and use of technology.
This is not a fate Myanmar deserves. The issue to overcome is poor management, plain and simple.
Farmers account for 70 percent of the country’s population. It is therefore important for the government to make rural development and poverty reduction the focal point of its policy. So it is encouraging to see that the government has developed a national strategy on rural development and poverty alleviation, which aims to reduce poverty from 32 percent in 2005 to 16 per cent by the end of this year.
But realistically, poverty is still a nightmare and it’s ironic that every election candidate is promising to best serve the interests of the country and the welfare of the people. This implies that our politicians share the same goal. If they are all willing to make a sincere attempt to fight poverty, it would not take long for equitable development to materialise.
Just as the saying goes, “all hands make light work,” all political stakeholders should act in the best interests of the common good. What the next government will do is more important than who will be its next president.


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