A consultation workshop was held on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Kempinski Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw in order to seek the views of Senior Union-level Officials regarding Myanmar’s key development challenges, and to identify areas where the World Bank Group should concentrate its future support in order to have the greatest impact in promoting inclusion, sustainable poverty reduction and shared prosperity in Myanmar.
His Excellency U Set Aung, Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance and Development Assistance Coordination Unit (DACU) Secretary provided opening remarks during which participants were asked to contribute their views as to how future World Bank Group support could be provided in ways that further implementation of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan 2018-2030 (MSDP) as well as more specific sectoral and thematic plans and strategies.
The World Bank Group Country Director, Ms. Ellen Goldstein and U Ye Thu Aung, Country Officer then provided an overview of the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Framework drafting process, noting strong alignment between proposed focus areas and the MSDP, and highlighted how proposed technical, analytical and financial support would be tailored to meeting Myanmar’s unique status as both a transitioning economy and conflict affected country.
The World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Framework seeks to ensure that World Bank Group assistance is country-led, systematic, and evidence-based, while remaining focused on the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.
This consultation workshop will be followed by a series of consultations in selected States and Regions as well as with other stakeholders such as the private sector and civil society organizations.