The Ministry of the Office of the Union Government held its anniversary day at Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw at 6.30 pm yesterday.
Present were Union Minister at the Office of the Union Government U Min Thu, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint, permanent secretaries, directors-general, deputy directors-general, advisors, directors, officers, employees and retired personnel.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister U Min Thu said the ministry was established on 23 November 2017. It needed administrative reforms so that it be in line with the work of establishing the democratic federal union system which is the policy of the government in office. Thus, the Government Office that is carrying out the office works of the Union Government and the General Administration Department (GAD) that is responsible for the office duties of the region and state governments were put under the ministry. The day on which the two departments were put under the administration of the ministry has been designated as the founding day of the ministry.
In establishing a peaceful and prosper democratic federal union, the State Counsellor has instructed to set Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP) as the policy framework. So the ministry reforms are being conducted in connection with the MSDP.
The ministry has approved the three reform programs, six areas, detailed action programs and time frame of the GAD reform framework in realizing good governance which is the goal of pillar 1 of the three pillars of MSDP. As there is cooperation among advisory group of the ministry, former staff of GAD, international partners, and ministry officials, the Minister urged active participation of all GAD staff in implementing the work programs of reform framework (2019).
He said at this first anniversary it is found that all the tasks can be realized as expected within six months. In order to carry out the core reforms, the task is being implemented through long-term and short-term projects after setting up the Regulatory Review Unit (RRU) and Managerial Reform Unit (MRU). One State One Township projects have been successfully implemented in some townships, and work has started in the remaining ones. In holding the town hall meetings in early 2020, the township administers will have to make presentations to region/state governments through district and region/state administers, and it is included in the general reforms under the theme “Together with the People.”
The Minister said outstanding staff will be honoured at the ceremony in acknowledging their efforts, capabilities and competency for improvement of individual and group-wise efficiency and efforts. Excellent performance at the courses will be taken into account as one of the main points in the staff promotion.
The Ministry of the Office of the Union Government has been making efforts for ensuring transparency in promotion of staff in accordance with the Civil Service Law and its rules while adopting a new policy for transfer of staff of the General Administration Department, said U Min Thu.
The Union Minister also disclosed that his ministry is taking steps for releasing the transfer on the government website and the department’s website to ensure transparency.
Civil servants are obliged to carry out their duties with loyalty in efforts to strengthen and make the administrative machinery effective. He also urged the civil servants to take pride in being servants of the people and country by serving for the people and the government elected by the people.
With new mission and vision, the Ministry of Office of the Union Government has opened up the opportunities since the beginning of 2019.
He urged the Government Affairs Department and the General Administration Department to work together with the ministry joining hands each other in the coming 2020 new year to serve in the interests of the people and the country.
After the speech, Union Minister U Min Thu and Deputy Minister U Tin Myint presented certificates of honour to outstanding staff who won prizes in the capacity building course for the township administrators and at the Central Institute for Civil Servants.
Afterwards, they enjoyed the documentary video about reforms in successive eras and One State One Township Project. —MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)