New govt advisory body takes shape

By Moe Thu
Volume 32, No. 634
July 9 - 15, 2012

A NEWLY formed advisory body will assess whether international loans, grants and aid are being used effectively, a senior member said last week.

U Maw Than, patron of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council and a former rector at Yangon Economics Institute, said it would also consider the role of public-private partnerships.

The council was officially established in mid-June after its members, who include economists, scholars, entrepreneurs and retired government officials, met President U Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss its formation and role.

“Generally, the group’s role is to advise the government on improving socio-economic development. We will listen to the voice of the public and inform the government,” U Maw Than said last week.

“The group has also been tasked with monitoring whether grants and aid are used efficiently.

“One of the members [U Set Aung] of the president’s Economic Advisory Board is also a member [of the council] and he will be our link with the president’s advisers.”

Other members include scholar and writer Dr Thant Myint-U and U Moe Kyaw of Myanmar Market Research and Development. It is chaired by U Tin Htut Oo, a former director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.