Joint effort from Gov’t, private, CSO sectors key for corruption-free infrastructure

  • Openess and transparency are vitally important for successful and sustainable infrastructure projects.
    There is still much room for improvement for the implementation of projects related to infrastructures and industries. Tenders for projects are highly attractive to corrupt players because of the enormous sums of money involved.
    In Myanmar, there are irregularities in tenders. This is related to corruption and we want to be informed about it.
    The tender process is a big challenge for the government. It is because of the slowness in tender processes that has caused hindrances to timely completion of the projects in our country. Most complaints are lodged against the tender issuing process.
    If no one complains or reports, it is difficult for the government to take action.
    A democratic system will succeed only when the people themselves believe that they have duties and responsibilities for the development of their country.
    Since taking office over two years ago, the incumbent government has improved road transportation by building roads and bridges.
    The Union Government has planned to construct more than 400 bridges in its remaining period of office.
    Every year there will be construction, repair and upgrading of roads and bridges in rural areas by 2030 because 90 percent of the people living in 80 per cent of the rural areas will be able to use them around the year.
    Local people and relevant authorities need to cooperate and work together to prevent wastages of public funds in the construction of roads and bridges and projects.
    Projects using public funds must benefit the region. Furthermore relevant authorities and departments are to strictly adhere to tender rules and regulations issued by the Office of the President when assigning project works.
    President U Win Myint warned in his speech at the inauguration of a bridge in Ayeyawady Region on 28 October that if there occurs malpractices in using public funds for infrastructure projects, severe action according to the law will be taken regardless of who that person may be.
    Instructions were given to conduct quality control without fail for construction of infrastructure including roads and bridges.
    Relevant responsible personnel will have liabilities if failures happen with the exception of unforeseeable circumstances.
    All are urged to give great importance to the long term sustainability of such basic infrastructure that were established with public funds.
    At the same time, we would like to call for a joint effort from the government, the private sector and CSOs as it is the most effective approach to tackle this scourge.
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