U Min Thu, the Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government, met with staff of the Bago Region General Administration Department at the region GAD office in the regional government’s office yesterday.
Firstly, the head of the Bago Region GAD, U Khin Maung San, introduced the Union Minister to everyone in attendance and explained about the region GAD’s processes and performances. The Union Minister then delivered a speech.
Future of the GAD is staff-oriented
The Union Minister said the GAD has to make visible changes for the public to see to be in line with the changing political system and government policies. There are many theories on how to bring about change but the fundamental truth is that change is brought about by the thoughts and actions of the doers most concerned. He said every action from planning to implementation will include input from the staff every step of the way.
It was with this mindset that the workshop on reform was held in Nay Pyi Taw for GAD staff from 26 to 28 February. There, GAD staff and officials engaged in meaningful discussions on taking further steps for the future of the GAD, said the Union Minister.
Vision, mission of the GAD
The Union Minister said the workshop produced vision and mission statements, workplace standards and reform procedures for the GAD. The vision statement was chosen as ‘Building good administration and mechanism based on the people’. This is the long-term objective chosen by the GAD staff.
The mission statements made at the workshop include proliferating the rule of law and community peace, implementing State Policy, establishing a good administrative system, and carrying out people-centred regional development.
These mission statements were designated by the GAD staff and thus they must undertake them with deep consideration, said the Union Minister.
Values of the GAD
He said that the GAD staff at the workshop also decided on six departmental values: be effective and skilled, be honest, be responsible and accountable, be trusted by the public, practice equality and inclusiveness, and be in line with rules and regulations. These are the standards required for all GAD staff to implement while discharging their daily duties.
Three main reform tasks
The Union Minister said the workshop also facilitated the emergence of 3 tasks for reform: (1) reforming policies, (2) reforming regulations and managerial components, and (3) establishing regional development and good practices. He said the reform tasks need to be carried out at the same time in uniformity with each other and with the One State-One Township project. The Union Minister urged GAD staff to cast away any fears or doubts concerning reform tasks and instructed them to place kindness and a willingness to help towards the public that the GAD serves. The people are mirrors that will reflect the work of the GAD. We must start reforms and changes at the smaller branches, and from each staff member, said Union Minister U Min Thu.
Afterwards, GAD staff in attendance submitted requirements to the Union Minister, who gave necessary suggestions and directions and then urged the staff to respect and follow the policies and procedures of the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government.
—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)