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Strengths and opportunities for public financial management in Myanmar

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CESD, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has undertaken research to further facilitate and promote discussion on effective public financial management (PFM) between Myanmar’s union government and state and region governments.

CESD’s research team examined the current state and region public financial management systems, with a particular focus on relationships between the union and state and region governments. Challenges, opportunities, and possible future reforms under the current system were also identified.

Key components of the research included:

  • Targeted interviews and consultations with officials and stakeholders involved in the budget process;
  • A review of existing literature on public finance and governance in Myanmar; and
  • The analysis of publicly available state, region and union budget data.

CESD and JICA also hosted an interactive workshop to discuss issues identified by the research, and identify potential means to overcome them, with senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development. Further information on the workshop is provided in a CESD press release, dated 17 February 2016.

Findings from the research will be released in a forthcoming report.

CESD and JICA research team, "Public financial management in local governments and fiscal decentralisation project"

CESD and JICA research team, “Public financial management in local governments and fiscal decentralisation project”

CESD researchers meet with public financial management officials, March 2016

CESD researchers meet with public financial management officials, March 2016

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