Although relations between the military and the government appear tense on the surface, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are said to be developing a working relationship that the National League for Democracy hopes will deliver results, particularly for the peace process.
When the new government came to office promising a 100-day plan, public expectations were raised. Today, nearly half-way through those 100 days, the public may finally find out what some of the ministries are actually planning to do. Perhaps.
Increased cement production for construction use is threatening Myanmar’s natural limestone mountains, conservationists heard yesterday. U Kyi Nyi Kyaw, director general of the forestry department in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, told a workshop in Nay Pyi Taw that the ecosystem was under threat.
A lack of transparency and accountability in the election of local administrative officers is discrediting the administration and should be addressed, according to civil society groups.
More than one-third of the way into the administration’s first 100 days, ministries are still loath to set out details of their agenda. Instead, charting the course for reform are a spate of new, powerfully staffed bodies appointed by President U Htin Kyaw to address issues the government has flagged as priorities.