Archive September 13, 2016

Op-ed: Public Financial Management Reforms and Fiscal Decentralization in Myanmar

My latest op-ed was published in  Monday’s edition of the Myanmar Times.

The article provides a brief summary of Myanmar’s democratic and economic reforms as they relate to the country’s management of their public finances. A summary of the article and a link to the full piece is provided below.

Catalysing transition through public financial management reform

By Giles Dickenson-Jones and Matthew Arnold

Public financial management reforms are central to Myanmar’s entire transition.  Improvements to social services like garbage collection, investment in new roads and bridges, and raising standards of health and education are all premised on the government being able to raise more revenue and then effectively spend it achieving policy goals. In order for the National League for Democracy government to achieve its goals for economic and political reform, it is therefore a critical area for prioritisation.

See here for the full article.


New Research Report: Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Myanmar

Another blog post and another research report focusing on Myanmar’s taxation system:

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Myanmar: Current Processes and Future Priorities in Public Financial Management Reform

This was my final research report developed at Myanmar’s Centre for Economic and Social Development.

The paper ‘Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Myanmar’ takes a look at how Myanmar’s State, Region and Union governments relate to each other as part of budget and planning processes.

Although it is targeted at a more general audience, it has been developed in the interest of providing greater clarity around the informal and formal processes that inform public budget processes and fiscal decentralization in Myanmar.

As somebody who started his career in government, I think perhaps one strengths of this report was that many of the initial findings were tested at the drafting stage as part of an interactive workshop the team held in Naypyitaw.