Thursday, August 4, 2011

Burmese president’s economic adviser speaks to NDF classes

Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:56 Phanida

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Economic development in Burma should be the main focus of government policy and corruption should be tackled later, a member of the president’s economic advisory board told National Democratic Force (NDF) members on Wednesday.

Presidential economic adviser Dr. Myint Photo: Mizzima
“He presented both an optimistic and a pessimistic view,” said Khin Maung Swe. “He concluded his speech by making suggestions on how corruption could be handled.”

In a question and answer session, Myint suggested that elimination of corruption should be delayed for the sake of economic development in Burma, according to an MP who said that he could not accept that idea.

“His belief is that if the main focus is economic development, the country needs to postpone combating corruption. He said the two plans could conflict with each other. I believe that his suggestion means we need to focus on only one and neglect the other,” he told Mizzima.

Classes for NDF members are being held this week in politics, economics, conservation and social policy and public relations in the party office in Sanchaung Township in Rangoon.

A total of 40 members including two junior NDF members from each of the townships and some independent MPs in Rangoon Region have attended the classes.

On the first day, NDF chairman Dr. Than Nyein lectured on political policy and Khin Maung Swe spoke on international relations.

On the second day, Sein Hla Oo, a member of the party’s policy affairs committee, lectured on journalism and deputy joint secretary Myo Zaw Aung and Dr. Aung Thu Hein spoke on public relations.

On Thursday, members will attend classes on human rights and conservation policy.

Similar classes will be conducted in the Mandalay Region.

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