Based on an agreement with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to further improve implementation of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects in various states and regions of Myanmar, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has sponsored a study on Public Financial Management (PFM) between union and subnational governments in Myanmar.
As part of the agreement, the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI) – Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) met in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday [17 February 2016] to discuss recent JICA-supported research on union-subnational public finance relationships in light of recent fiscal and political reforms.
Recent reforms in Myanmar have attempted to provide state and region governments with greater resources and responsibilities. The ability of states and regions to understand and undertake these responsibilities, and to develop budgets that more closely reflect the needs and priorities of local communities, was a key focus of a workshop for union and state and region officials in Nay Pyi Taw on 17 February 2016.
Building on its specialized expertise in the areas of governance and public finances, CESD interviewed a range of union and subnational officials to inform the workshop. Outcomes from the interviews enabled a greater understanding of how public financial management operates at different levels of government, the challenges faced and the governance arrangements in place. Initial results from the research were presented for discussion at the workshop in the interest of identifying achievable reforms going forward.
Mr. Kyosuke Inada, Deputy Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar Office, noted “This workshop today and the involvement of key stakeholders has helped to deepen our understanding of the current practices and challenges faced, and will allow us to better assist the Ministry of Finance with its ongoing work in reforming Myanmar’s public financial management framework.”
Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director and host of the workshop, said that it was important to bring public financial management representatives across different levels of government together to discuss these issues. “In addition to the workshop further informing the collective understanding of Myanmar’s subnational public financial management systems, it provided an important opportunity for stakeholders to share their successes and challenges, and engage in targeted discussions around opportunities for future reforms.”
Giles Dickenson-Jones, CESD Research Fellow, said that the timing of the research was important. “Working with the Ministry of Finance on these issues has been highly beneficial and will allow for meaningful reforms to be presented to the incoming government for consideration.”
The research into public financial management in Myanmar and workshop were made possible by the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
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