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Development Partners Urged to Take Part in Myanmar’s Policy Making Process

Myanmar President U Thein Sein has urged all development partners to take part in the government’s policy making process by initiating regional development projects.

Terming the development partners as “stakeholders” rather than donors, U Thein Sein stressed the need to build mutual trust between the government’s foreign aid management committee and international donors.

He highlighted the importance of the development of strategies and tactics best suited for a local context.

At a meeting of the Central Committee for Foreign Aid in Nay Pyi Taw last week, the president revealed that poverty alleviation and social economic improvement of the rural population that makes up 70 percent of the total are priorities in the government’s development scheme.

Noting that the government has been working on its framework on economic and social reforms for 34 months, U Thein Sein said it has set accessibility of electricity and water, agricultural development, employment, tourism development, monetary sector development and trade and investment as priorities for the last 26 months of the current presidential term.

He said that international grants, loans and technical assistance flowing into the country have resulted in a shift from the government-funded development projects to projects funded by international development partners.

According to the president, Myanmar will organise the second Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum later this month.

Official statistics show Myanmar’s foreign investment reached $44.21 billion as of September 2013.

Myanmar enacted a new foreign investment law in November 2012, replacing a 24-year old similar law, with sweetened terms and tax breaks for foreign investors.

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