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CESD Newsletter – Quarter 4 2017

The CESD has been very active engaging in reforms across Myanmar, participating in several workshops, trainings and events over the last quarter (October – December 2017). Please find a short summary of our key activities in the CESD 2017 Q4 Newsletter.

CESD 2017 Q4 Newsletter

 

Research Team

The CESD takes pride in its well-qualified and talented research staff who share a genuine passion for the socio-economic development of Myanmar. The researchers possess a wide variety of qualifications from reputed national and international universities with considerable amounts of experience of working in the field. The CESD pays special attention and encourages a healthy balance of gender and ethnic representation among its research staff in particular in order to get different perspectives that will enable in deriving interesting insights which can then be advocated as policy reforms to national and international stakeholders. (more…)

Negotiating complex contracts in the extractive industries – how to ensure a “win-win” solution

CESD’s Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) team provided expertise and support to recent training in Nay Pyi Taw on resource governance and contract negotiation in the extractive industries. Myanmar has extensive natural resources. How these natural resources are managed, and how contracts are negotiated, will determine whether they deliver benefits and inclusive development to Myanmar.

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Promoting dialogue on effective public financial management across union, state and region governments

Recent reforms in Myanmar have lead to state and region governments having greater financial resources and responsibilities. Research undertaken by CESD, working with Ministry of Finance and supported by the Japan International Coopration Agency (JICA), supports greater transparency on how states and regions understand and undertake these responsibilities. The research findings, and policy recommendations, were discussed at a workshop for public finance management  officials in Nay Pyi Taw on 17 February 2016.

Workshop participants, 17 January 2016

Workshop participants, 17 January 2016

CESD’s research involved  interviews with a range of union, state and region public financial management officials in late 2015 and early 2016. The outcomes from the targeted interviews enabled a greater understanding of how public financial management operates at each level of government, the challenges faced, the important relationships used, and the governance and financial transparency arrangements in place. The results from the survey, and the CESD and JICA recommendations to improve public financial management in Myanmar, were presented for discussion at a workshop for public officials in Nay Pyi Taw on 17 February 2016.

Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director and host of the workshop, said that it was important to bring public financial management representatives across the different levels of government together to discuss the research results. “The workshop further informs the collective understanding of Myanmar’s more decentralised public financial management system. Participants have been encouraged to share their successes and challenges, and focus on future goals and reforms.”

The research into public financial management and subsequent workshop were sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and support an agreement between JICA and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to further improve implementation of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects in various states and regions of Myanmar.

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The press release, and additional photos, are also available on the JICA website.

Mr Kyosuke Inada, Deputy Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar Office, presents to representatives from union, state and region governments at the public financial management workshop

Mr Kyosuke Inada, Deputy Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar Office, presents to representatives from union, state and region governments at the public financial management workshop

Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director, presents at the public financial management workshop

Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director, presents at the public financial management workshop

Cindy Joelene, CESD Research Associate, presents at the public financial management workshop

Cindy Joelene, CESD Research Associate, presents at the public financial management workshop

S Kanay De, CESD Research Associate, presents at the public financial management workshop

S Kanay De, CESD Research Associate, presents at the public financial management workshop

 

 

Presenting some of the workshopped ideas and recommendations

Presenting some of the workshopped ideas and recommendations

Min Zarni Lin, CESD Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, facilitates discussion on public financial management reform and policy recommendations

Min Zarni Lin, CESD Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, facilitates discussion on public financial management reform and policy recommendations

Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director, and representatives from union, state and region governments talk informally after the public financial management workshop

Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director, and representatives from union, state and region governments talk informally after the public financial management workshop

CESD research team, workshop host, facilitator and presenters: (standing) Min Zarni Lin, Lauren Dunn, Betty Mai, Cindy Joelene, S Kanay De, (seated) Giles Dickenson-Jones, Dr Zaw Oo

 

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MDRI-CESD Release Trade and Investment Strategy White Paper

MDRI-CESD launched its Trade and Investment Strategy Consultation Paper in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon on 13-14 February 2015. The paper, developed with the Australian National University’s Crawford School of East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER), sets out policy recommendations for further development of the Myanmar economy by expanding international trade and foreign investment, and through greater integration into the regional and global economy.

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Publication: Trade and Investment Strategy Consultation Paper

To support Myanmar’s ongoing economic development and integration into regional and global economies, CESD has published its Trade and Investment Strategy Consultation Paper, detailing evidence-based policy recommendations across areas including macroeconomic reform, sustainable development and good governance.

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Assessing industrial zones as an instrument for private sector development

Industrial zones can be a powerful instrument for promoting private sector development, improving the competitiveness of targeted businesses, creating employment opportunities and promoting technological advances.

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