In a collection of papers on Myanmar’s financial sector, CESD Research Associate, Cindy Joelene, looks at the recent history of fiscal decentralisation in Myanmar, and provides recommendations on how to improve this ongoing process.
Ms Joelene writes “Myanmar is going through a transition period, and fiscal decentralization is slowly taking place, but with fragmented goals and policies.”
Recommendations in her paper, “”Myanmar attempts fiscal decentralisation reform”, include:
- public financial management reform should be incorporated in the long term national decentralization vision and strategy. To support this, existing laws and procedures should be amended, new laws should be enacted, and relevant policies should be set.
- the Financial Commission should be strengthened and shift to a more policy setting body. The commission should develop and apply clear and sound fiscal policies for the union and state and region governments.
- Hluttaw (parliament) should be aware of the national decentralization strategies, and Hluttaw committees should work with technical experts to create a more transparent budgetary system.
Paper title: Myanmar attempts fiscal decentralization reform
Publication name: Collection of papers on Myanmar’s financial sector
Author: Cindy Joelene
Published by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Myanmar and Thura Swiss
Publication date: January 2016
Download the paper from the following links:
- Myanmar attempts fiscal decentralization reform (PDF; English language; 616Kb; 4 pages)
- Complete Collection of papers on Myanmar’s financial sector (PDF; English language; 3,256 Kb; 115 pages)