Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi launches Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan on Monday. United Nations Development Programme and other development partners have been supporting this initiative.
Aung San Suu Kyi said, The Strategic Action Plan will be a valuable framework for the implementation of wide-ranging, innovative, and much-needed reforms that will greatly benefit our country in the years ahead. The drafting process has taken many months, and has involved consultations across the country- a recognition that civil service reform is a matter that affects every citizen.
She said, Members of elected government will come and go, as determined by the will of the people. It is the civil servants who provide the continuity, the institutional memory, the subject-matter expertise, that enables the ship of the state to maintain a steady course.
Suu Kyi Said, Democracy places upon civil servants new and demanding responsibilities. No longer are civil servants simply expected to enact orders from above. Under a democratic government, civil servants are expected to take initiative, to develop and submit policy options, to propose solutions to difficult problems. Civil servants are expected- indeed it is their duty- to speak frankly and with fearless impartiality to their Ministers, pointing out the benefits, but also the risks and mitigations, of a particular course of action. And civil servants are encouraged to come up with innovative ideas for improving the efficiency of government, processes, cutting administrative waste, breaking down inter-departmental and inter-ministerial silos, and enhancing the effectiveness of government as a whole.
She said, Civil service reform is always a complex undertaking- but especially so in a country such as ours, where we seek to change not only the existing structures and processes, but also to reform a deep-seated institutional culture, while at the same time preparing for the opportunities and challenges of a federal future.