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KDI and Myanmar Development Institute jointly implement capacity building program for Myanmar government officials

25 Jul, 2018 News Center 2,400

KDI and the Myanmar Development Institute (MDI) jointly held a capacity building program aimed towards enhancing the professional expertise of government officials from different ministries of Myanmar.

With support from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Korea’s Ministry of Planning and Finance, experts from KDI and MDI developed a curriculum for a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Public Investment Management tailored towards the specific needs of the participants.

A total of 31 officials from Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance, Ministry of Construction, and Ministry of Electricity and Energy underwent an intensive program from June 4 to July 26, 2018, at the Graduate School of Administration and Development (GSAD) in Nay Pyi Taw.

The curriculum was divided into three parts, covering general core courses in economics, issue-based concentration in public investment planning and management, and skills and methods for “real-world” application.

Economists from KDI and MDI, professors from the University of Seoul, and senior officials from government agencies and organizations like USAID, were invited as lecturers for different classes.

Through the comprehensive program, officials were able to understand different issues and challenges relevant to Myanmar’s context and come up with applicable policy measures that can help the country achieve its development goals.

Myanmar is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world after undergoing a period of political democratization and economic liberalization.

The establishment of the MDI and continuous support for Myanmar’s top economic think-tank has been one of the major ongoing projects of KOICA implemented by KDI in 2015.

By Ranel Ram CHENG (2016 MPP, Philippines)