YANGON, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar vowed to continue reform in the year 2013 in the administrative sector as the third step of its series of strategic reform to promote national development.
It was so announced by President U Thein Sein in the year-end of 2012.
Taking office in March 2011, the elected civilian government carried out political reform as the first step, which covered national solidarity and prevalence of peace and stability to ensure public security, enhance international cooperation, introduce a clean government with good governance and flourish the multi-party democratic system.
It worked for national reconciliation, making achievements to some extent.
As the second step of the reform, the government launched economic reform, promulgating a new Foreign Investment Law and building special economic zones and industrial zones for national development.
Now the government has placed emphasis on administrative reform in its third step when it turned to 2013.
Pointing out the weak points that some government officials ignored the voice of the people, not taking enough transparency and timely and effective action on matters presented by the people, and corruption is in existence, President U Thein Sein called for the reform in the administrative sector.
To be a clean government with good governance, the Myanmar government is forming committees at the township level to make joint discussions, joint decision and take joint leadership in implementation.
Coordination between the central government and regional or state governments has been called for to carry out effective undertakings and cooperation urged to face up to the difficulties and challenges, especially in cracking down on bribery and corruption.
Meanwhile, the government is simultaneously drafting the National Comprehensive Development Plan which covers the next 20 years and the Comprehensive Development Vision for the next 25 years with the help of Japanese and ASEAN economists.
Priorities have been given to policies for increased productivity, job opportunities, free market, price stability and foreign trade and investment.
The government's Planning Commission, headed by U Thein Sein, approved a 10-point basic framework for economic and social reforms which cover finance and taxation, the monetary sector, relaxation of regulations on trade and investment, undertakings for private sector development, health and education, agriculture and food sufficiency, the governing system and transparency, mobile communication services and internet system, infrastructural development and programs for emergence of effective and efficient governing system.
Myanmar has announced it will host the country's first Development Cooperation Forum in the third week of January to seek better approach for national development.