August 15, 2018
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Myanmar takes more measures in carrying out reform tasks

President U Thein Sein delivering a speech at a meeting with Union ministers, region/state chief ministers, and deputy ministers in August, 2013. (Photo: President's Office)

The Myanmar government cabinet has named four ministers at the President's Office as coordination ministers to undertake the responsibility of coordinating between various ministries and state or region governments.

Of the four ministers at the President's Office, U Soe Thein was tasked as coordinating matter of economic reform, while U Aung Min as coordinating matter of political reform, U Tin Naing Thein as coordinating matter of private sector development and reform and U Hla Tun as coordinating matter of administrative reform.

The four ministers have been involved in the National Reform Steering Committee, formed earlier in August and led by President U Thein Sein.

The committee was set up to direct efforts on reform program for the remaining 30 months of the present five-year term of office to replace project commission set up in the past.

Summoning cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and chief ministers of region and state governments, U Thein Sein urged to form delivery units or task forces and working groups to implement the policies on the ground through cooperation and coordination.

He called for taking enough time to sketch plan and make decision rather than holding coordination meeting for a day.

He urged the government ministers to complete the prioritized tasks to bring positive results to the people, cooperating closely with local and foreign academicians , private organizations and civil society organizations, listening to the voices and wishes of the people.

He called for reviewing the profitability of government enterprises for improving the administration mechanism, instructing enterprises which have plan for corporatization and privatization to submit their financial plans to the coming financial commission meeting in December.

In the national economic development drive, he stressed measures to be taken to assure regional security, peace and stability and the rule of law.

He entrusted power to the region or state governments to directly command township security forces of the Myanmar Police Force as it is to preemptive measures in controlling the argument and crowd violence learning from the past conflicts.

He instructed the Home Ministry to reinforce the security forces with the police force under the direct control when township police force alone is not capable of handling the conflicts.

He called for special emphasis on full implementation of people-centered development tasks for ensuring the transparency of government administrative mechanism, effective implementation of people's voice and desire, fight against corruption and bribery for peace and tranquility and regional development.

He cited the report of the Mckinsey Global Institute at the World Economic Forum as saying that the size of Myanmar's economy could reach 200 billion U.S. dollars by 2030 if Myanmar doubles its production.

In line with the estimation, he called for implementation of prioritized sectors in every township that can double the production.

He also stressed that priority should be given to promoting livelihood of farmers, workers, blue-collar workers and the poor, creation of job opportunities and development of farm sectors and small and medium enterprises.

He urged all-out efforts to bring about tangible results in the remaining 30 months of its reign.

President U Thein Sein's government took office on March 30, 2011 after a general election in November 2010 and the term of office was to last for five years.

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