October 20, 2017

VP U Myint Swe addresses Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform

Vice President U Myint Swe delivers an opening address at Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform (Strategic Action Plan) in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe delivers an opening address at Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform (Strategic Action Plan) in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

A SUCCESSFUL reform process requires departmental officials with a keen understanding of reform to evolve their mindsets to effectively participate in the change process, said Vice President U Myint Swe at a Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform (Strategic Action Plan) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address the Vice-President highlighted the importance of civil service in implementing the reform process, saying that there is a need to establish a modern institution formed with competent service personnel.
As people’s high expectations challenge the present government, transforming the country’s civil service into a competent and accountable institution is needed to deliver the government’s pledges and meet sustainable development goals, added the Vice President.
He pointed out that departmental staff’s performance and work behaviour can determine the success of the reform process, adding that all service personnel need to know what the government is doing and which policy the government is pursuing.
Next, Chairman of Union Civil Service Board Dr Win Thein stressed the need for ensuring transparency in civil service institutions and decentralisation and separation of powers to better serve the people.
The UCSB chairman said that the findings of the civil service personnel’s perception survey on civil service ethics, equal opportunities and meritocracy in Myanmar will be released soon.
Works are underway to open a Civil Service Academy in Myanmar early next year, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Emma Morley, Team Leader, Democratic Governance, United Nations Development Programme, said that the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Myanmar will be dependent on a strong, effective and innovative public sector. The performance and action of public and civil servants will be key to achieving Myanmar’s SDG targets.
“The perception that bribery, discrimination, and nepotism affect recruitment, promotion, and possibly even benefits, is harmful to the overall productivity and effectiveness of the civil service, said Ms Morley.
“You could be looking at public health staff who have hopes for a bright career ahead of  them, where they will be promoted on merit and treated equally,” she said.
The consultative workshop followed with experts and departmental officials holding group discussions on a broad range of civil service matters.
The workshop continues today.—Myanmar News Agency

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