Advisory

Since the formation of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC) in June 2012, the organization has achieved the following either collectively, or with NESAC members’ individual contributions to various initiatives on behalf of the Council:


JANUARY-JULY 2013

  • Five NESAC members, U Hla Maung Shwe, Daw Yin Yin Nwe, U Kyaw Yin Hlaing, U Thihan Myo Nyun, andU Tin Maung Than serve as advisers to the Myanmar Peace Center;
  • NESAC members contributed inputs into draft investment laws both foreign and domestic;
  • NESAC members contributed inputs into the development of the Thiliwa SEZ project;
  • NESAC members contributed inputs for drafting the Framework for Economic and Social Reform (FESR);
  • NESAC organized a land policy workshop;
  • NESAC organized a good governance workshop;
  • NESAC organized an interfaith dialogue forum at the Myanmar Peace Center (April 2013);
  • The First Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum, during which the “Nay Pyi Taw Accord for Effective Development Cooperation” was adopted was co-chaired by U Tin HtutOo, while U Kyaw Yin Hlaing, presented in his role as a NESAC member on “Promoting a culture of democracy and national harmony” (January 2013);
  • U Thihan Myo Nyun and U Moe Kyaw have focused on advocating for former Myanmar citizen professionals to return, with incentives such as the granting of Permanent Resident status, to which U Thihan Myo Nyun has contributed as a counsel;
  • U Aung Tun Thet is working with several ministries on corporatization in addition to the Letpadaung Copper Mines implementation;
  • U Aung Tun Thet and U Khin Maung Aye are working for the development of the Cooperatives Sector;
  • U Aung Tun Thet and U ZawOo are members of the Public Service Performance Appraisal Task Force (PSPA);
  • U Aung Tun Thet, U Kyaw Yin Hlaing and U Thihan Myo Nyun were consulted by the Ministry of Information for the drafting of the new media laws;
  • U AungTunThet is working on the new Public Service Media legislation as a member of the Myanmar Press Council (Interim);
  • U Zaw Oo serves as Secretary to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Working Committee, an inter-ministerial plus civil society body, to work on natural resource management issues;
  • U Moe Kyaw is serving as a NESAC representative for the International Express Mail Service Provider Selection Committee;
  • U Than Lwin contributed to discussions related to the new Central Bank Law being reviewed by the Commission on Legal and Special Affairs at PyithuHluttaw;
  • Daw Yin Yin Nwe organized with the Ministry of Health, an International Seminar on 1000 Days Approach to Child Malnutrition (June 2013);
  • Daw Yin Yin Nwe and U Kyaw Yin Hlaing participated as NESAC members in the Rakhine Commission (August 2012 to May 2013).

FUTURE INITIATIVES

With the completion of one calendar year, NESAC members have identifies areas of potential development for the organization while keeping within the structures of its mandate:

  • The Southeast Asian Reginal Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), is co-organizing a 2-day conference (ate to be determined) on “Regional Integration of Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector: the Roe of South-South Cooperation” with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Commerce; UMFCCI and NESAC. The aim is to share knowledge of regional trade liberatlization in relation to rural and agricultural development of Myanmar;
  • NESAC members tentatively agreed to the concept of working with McKinsey on the development of a delivery mechanism for the implementation of reforms, in the form of a “delivery lab”. This possible initiative will be revisited. The PSPA Task Force and the Myanmar Development Resource Institute, Center for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD) are also working on a delivery unit concept paper, with the incorporation of a regional study tour to Malaysia’s to learn about the technicalities of operation as adopted by the Malaysian government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU);
    • i.Deakin University and NESAC have signed a Memorandum of Interest for collaboration in areas to be determined by NESAC members, for which U Kyaw Yin Hlaing will take the lead;
    • ii. A student from Deakin University, Mr. Peter Simmons, will be taken on board, under U Moe Kyaw’s supervision, to map out civil society in Yangon, with the possible creation of a directory as a final product, to be completed by other future consultants/ interns.
  • A Norwegian capacity building framework initiative is being developed, with the possibility of a workshop to be offered as an outcome.
  • High-level aid coordination, including from the donors’ side, could be enhanced, focusing on the policy and modalities of aid, not at the project level;
  • The consultative role of NESAC could be developed in regards to major infrastructure projects with heavy social and economic impact such as the Hanthawaddy Airport or People’s Park. Along these lines, NESAC could help promote the government’s efforts (at all levels) on conservation and zoning to promote sustainable development.

AUGUST-DECEMBER 2013

  • Corporazation: Saya Thet’s efforts are still on going with Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ministry of Communication Information and Ministry of Construction.
  • Zonign Plans for YCDC: Saya Thet has been involved with the Zoning Plans being developed by YCDC.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the UN Gloval Compact: SayaThet conducted 3 Workshops on this with TOTAL, Dutch Embassy and the Swiss Embassy, which include leading local businesses. A joint CSR-UN Global Compact Unity has been established in UMFCCI.
  • Saya Thet promoted the UN Global Impact (the largest CSR Initiative in the world), with the support of the President’s Office. Currently there are 200 local firms already registered.
  • Administrative Reform: SayaThet is engaged with this effort to strengthen the capacities of General Affaris Department (GAD) and introducing Performance Management.
  • Education Reform: As a member of the Advisory Group SayaThet is involved with this process.
  • Setting up Myanmar Research Society: SayaThet is starting the procedure for re-establishing the Myanmar Research Society, which was dis-banned in 1980.
  • Rural Development: SayaThet is working with the University of British Colombia to develop a training module on Rural Development.
  • Saya Thet contributed to the economic analysis of the Letpadaung Copper Mines Commission’s Report as requested by the President’s Office.
  • Saya Thet renegotiatied the contract between The Ministry of Mines, UMEHL, and Wanboa Company as member of the Letpadaung Copper Mines Implementation Committee.
  • Saya Thet served as a member of the Think20 Forum in preparation for the G20 Meeting to be held in Brisbane, Australia. The President as the Chair of ASEAN will be a special guest invited to attend the G20 Meeting.
  • U Zaw Oo with the Asia Foundation and MDRI-CESD finished the joint diagnostic assessment on local governance examining new state and region structures created under the 2008 Constitution, and their relationship with broader governance, peace and decentralization processes.
  • U Tim Htut Oo, U Win Aung and U than Lwin participated in the Euro Money Forum from 9-11 September.
  • Daw Yin Yin Nwe represented NESAC as a panelist at Canda’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) half-day roundtable on strengthening research capacities in Myanmar on 30th September 2013 to the context for IDRC’s research and capacity building efforts and provided inputs to two possible topics for IDRC’s work, the first being future collaborative research with the MOH’s Department of Medical Research, te MOH Nutrition Department and the nutrition working group to develop locally viable solutions to tackle Myanmar’s high rates of child stunting. The second related to the use of ICT in Health information systems.
  • U Thant Myint-U and Dr. Ko Ko Gyi submitted a letter to President U Thein Sein on behalf of NESAC in relation to Yangon urban planning and conservation.
  • NESAC, jointly with UMFCCI served as co-hosts to the first meeting of the WEF Myanmar Agriculture Network, which took place on Monday 21 October in Yangon. The interactive meeting brought together over 50 leaders from local and global private sector, government, civil society, international organizations and experts to explore opportunities fro collaboration and align on priorities and achieve shared goals for Myanmar’s sustainable agricultural growth.
  • U Than Lwin attended the WEF/World Bank Group forum on public and private sector approaches to encouraging innovation in financial inclusion on 11 October 2013.
    • NESAC members also contributed to the following national committees:
      Farmers’ Rights Protection &Devleopment Leading Committee (December 2013)
      • U Tin Htut Oo (Member)
      • U Khin Maung Aye (Member)
      • U Win Aung (Member)
      • Education ImprovemtnePrlanning Committee (October 2013)
      • U Tin HtutOo (Member)
      • Dr. U Aung Tun Thet (Member)
      • Dr. Daw Yin Yin Nwe (Member)
      • Dr. U Zaw Oo (Member)
      • Dr. U Kyaw Yin Hlaing (Member)
      • Dr. U Tin Maung Than (Member)
      • Advisory Board
      • Dr. U Aung Tun Thet (Member)
      • Dr. Daw Yin Yin Nwe (Member)
      • Dr. U Zaw Oo (Member)
      • Dr. U Kyaw Yin Hlaing (Member)
      • Dr. U Tin Maung Than (Member)