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Burma’s vice president stresses people-centered policies

(Mizzima) – The Burmese vice president said the government needs to implement people-centered development reforms in order to reach international standards and meet the people’s needs, the New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper, reported on Monday.
Dr. Sai Mauk Kham in Parliament  Photo: Mizzima
Dr. Sai Mauk Kham told a cabinet meeting at the President's Office in Naypyitaw on Sunday that the success of the government would be determined by whether it acted in the interests of all people rather than a handful of people.

“Although there are offers from world nations, the country is still in no position to accept the offers, but it should grasp the opportunities,” he said. He told ministers and officials to draft reforms to be submitted by the end of May, which stress policies and supervision.

He warned ministries to employ skilled and experienced staff and called for holding entrance examinations for the candidates for appointment.

Some reforms could be carried out under the authority of the president, he said, while others could require amending the Constitution or passing laws in Parliament.

Talking about the tourism industry, Sai said the country needed smaller hotels as well as large ones. He complained that the hotel room rate in large hotels is now up to US$ 300 from $40 dollars in the past.

President Thein Sein, in last Friday's cabinet meeting, signaled that the country is entering into a “second-stage strategic reform” calling for more effective national and regional development and governmental reforms and restructuring.
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