Myanmar Public Sector Reform Agenda

In March 2015 the United Nations in Myanmar invited me to present at the Myanmar Government Conference focused on adopting a new administrative reform framework. Administrative reforms had long been promised by President Thein Sein, and the Government was keen to identify priority reforms in core ministries as targets for the first generation reform effort.

What most people don't realize is that if you are looking to strengthen service delivery, devolve decision making functions to local authorities and to re-balance the relationship between the public and private sectors, then administrative restructuring is a key starting point.  The Government was keen to promote these reforms, but with an election around the corner, the conference focused on laying the foundation for what was to follow.

The recent elections which saw Aung San Suu Ky National League for Democracy party sweep to power provide a strong foundation for modernizing reforms, once peace with ethnic minorities has been established. Critical here will be devolved government, greater autonomy, greater access to information and a stronger role for the private sector.