August 20, 2016

Two development concepts from the State Counsellor’s message

STATE COUNSELLOR Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her New Year’s message, has made it crystal clear that the policies and principles of the new regime are to ensure national reconciliation, to achieve internal peace, to enforce the rule of law, to amend the constitution and to keep the democratic system dynamic and well-ingrained.
What matters most, she said, is national reconciliation. This is absolutely correct because a nation cannot develop without unity. Unity is even more important for a nation like ours, which has lagged behind because of racial conflicts that have raged for more than six decades. This is the reason why she said her government will continue to strive to include in the ceasefire agreement the organisations they deem appropriate for inclusion. As internal peace and the establishment of a genuine federal, democratic Union are closely intertwined, the constitution must be amended, she said in her message.
In this function, the State Counsellor, well aware of deep concerns over constitutional amendment, guaranteed that her administration would choose only the ways and means of amendment that would not adversely effect the people. We hope her guarantee will soothe people’s worries over the possibility of amendments to the constitution having a negative impact upon the peace and stability of the state. The rationale behind amending the constitution can now be seen as the new regime’s effort to put the nation on the correct path toward the establishment of a genuine federal, democratic Union.
The State Counsellor’s message contained two key concepts related to development. The first concept is unity, without which national development cannot be achieved. The second concept is development of human resources. Without a healthy, educated workforce, a nation cannot progress and prosper. What is worth noting here is that the State Counsellor set a higher value upon the human assets than upon Myanmar’s abundant supply of natural resources, which may one day be depleted.
The GNLM agrees that what really counts is the strength of the people, not inanimate resources.


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