CESD, together with Michigan State University, explored the changes in Myanmar’s pulse value chains from 1988 to 2013. During this period, private sector initiatives by Myanmar’s traders and farmers resulted in the growth of pulses into a billion dollar export industry. Multiple favorable events – the opening of the Indian market, rising domestic pulse prices, and simultaneously falling oilseed prices – favored and enabled this growth, which occurred with limited government interference or involvement.
The General Administration Department (GAD) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) plays a wide range of roles, ranging from tax collection, to land management, and various registration and certification processes. The GAD also supports coordination and communication among the Union of Myanmar’s 36 government ministries, and connects the capital of Nay Pyi Taw to approximately 3,133 urban wards and 13,620 village tracts (representing 63,938 villages across Myanmar).
This program brief describes the training needs assessment, training program design and implementation for reforming Myanmar’s public financial management, conducted by The Asia Foundation, VNG International, and CESD.
It provides observations from the needs assessment and training sessions, and highlights key capacity needs in public financial management at the state and region level. It concludes with recommendations for continuing approaches on public financial management reform.