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Today, corruption in Myanmar is not only a major problem for the country’s economic and political reforms, but also a threat to the country’s national security and economic development. It can be seen at all levels of the state’s regulatory agencies, from the national institutions down to the regional and local administrative levels. Myanmar deserves a credible, responsible and accountable government that represents the interests of the nation and its future generations.
The main motive of this project is to investigate corruption in Myanmar’s fiscal agencies and banking industry. By regulating corruption, the economic development of the country would be better off. Myanmar’s regulatory agencies would be springboards for managing corruption and combating money-laundering if they could be reconstituted as impartial and systematic regulators.
Myanmar’s ability to manage the many forms of financial corruption is linked to the capacity, mandate and quality of these policy institutions.
During the Thein Sein quasi-civilian government (2011-2016) Myanmar adopted a number of economic regulatory reforms. Regulation and policy priorities included mitigating corruption in the banking industry and fiscal spending institutions.
How to sustain momentum for these reforms is a key challenge for the current National League for Democracy government (2016 - present).
About the speaker
Naing Ko Ko has worked on the Thai-Burma border in the areas of political reforms including democracy, human rights, national reconciliation and economic development. For more than 10 years, he collaborated with the UN agencies, state and non-state-activists and intellectuals. His advocacy work with exiled Burmese political coalitions took him all around the world to meet with key global decision makers. He was an intern of the European Parliament and has been promoting democracy and national reconciliation for Burma on the global stage. New Zealand accepted Naing as a UN-sponsored refugee in 2007.
He was awarded Human Rights Defender Award by Amnesty International-New Zealand in 2010. Naing holds BA (Hon.) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics-PPE; an M.A in IR from the University of Auckland and an M.A in International Studies from the University of Queensland.
Naing’s applied field experience took him to the Australia Parliament to work with Ms. Janelle Saffin, a Federal Member of Parliament of Australia, where he gained work experience in policy-formulation, decision-making and other peaceful foreign and trade policy initiatives of the democratic system.