Gov’t receives management training from GE

BAGAN—The General Electric Foundation has sponsored a senior management programme for Myanmar’s government officials, developed by the Lee Kuan Yew School (LKYS) of Public Policy, company sources say.

More than 44 senior government officials from various ministries—the President’s Office, Commerce, Communications and Information Technology, Construction, Finance, Energy, Electric Power, Health, National Planning and Economic Development, and Transportation—as well as city development committees in Yangon and Mandalay, are attending the programme, which is being held at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw all this week.

The programme is designed to help accelerate infrastructure development in Myanmar by training senior government officials on key practical aspects while drawing lessons from ASEAN and South Asian countries.

“It is part of GE Foundation’s commitment to rule of law and capacity-building efforts in Myanmar through its ASEAN Policy Leadership Forum initiative,” said a company official.

The training focuses on infrastructure and economic development, power purchase agreements, project risk analysis, anti-corruption and transparency, project appraisal and financing, public-private partnerships, and leadership in management and administration. Case studies of relevant growth in other ASEAN countries will also be discussed.

“We are very appreciative of this pioneering and significant collaboration with the GE Foundation and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, which will provide senior government officials the chance to learn vital lessons from the region and apply them to Myanmar’s further development,” said Soe Thane, Union Minister for the President’s Office.

Among the mentors are Eduardo Araral, whose work focuses on governance and institutions for collective action, Moe Thuzar, an ISEAS fellow and lead researcher on socio-cultural affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre, and Wu Xun, who specialises in the analysis and evaluation of policy reforms in developing countries.

Source: ELEVEN Myanmar

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