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[Forum] KSP Regional Seminar for Socio-economic Development in Asia
(High Level Knowledge Forum on Rural Development Policy and Cooperation)

Type Forum
Venue Myanmar International Convention Center, The Republic of the Union of Myanma Date 2013-08-29
Background and Objective


After a series of reforms, Myanmar is in the midst of transitioning toward a more open and market-based economy. The government of Myanmar is embarking on the “second stage of reforms” aimed at social and economic transformation as outlined by President U Thein Sein. To this end, the government has placed a top priority on building a policy framework for achieving rapid results and putting the country on a path to self-sustainable development.  As set out in its national development strategy, Myanmar is already moving towards achieving macro-stability, poverty reduction and inclusive growth, to name a few. As the country enters a new chapter in its long history, Myanmar is in a unique position that presents both great opportunities and risks.  With time and resources being scarce, the central question is identifying not only the most critical binding constraints to economic development but also a set of policies and reforms to overcome these barriers.  Rural development calls for a particular attention for Myanmar’s policymakers for its significant association with inclusive and balanced growth.
The High Level Knowledge Forum seeks to serve as a platform in which Myanmar’s own record of rural development policies are presented and other countries’ policy experiences are examined in parallel to draw pragmatic implications. Experts from Myanmar’s development partners will assess rural development programs conducted in Myanmar to evaluate the past records and attain policy lessons.  Relevant case studies of past policy experiences from Korea and other countries will be shared with focus on community-driven development (CDD).  While there is clearly no “one-size-fits-all” model to development, the experiences of countries that have demonstrated a track record of success can provide valuable insights and lessons in formulating a development strategy.
To that end, the forum brings together world class experts and high-level senior policymakers to discuss key rural development policy issues, challenges, and lessons.  This forum is co-organized by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) and the KDI (KDI School of Public Policy and Management), as part of the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) in cooperation with the Myanmar Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Cooperatives, and the Ministry of Border Affairs.
 
 

Sessions
 
SpecialSession  Korean Experience in Rural Development
Session 1  Current Issues and Challenges in Myanmar’s Rural Villages
Session 2  Designing and Implementing Community Driven Development Project in Myanmar
Session 3  Panel Discussion: Identifying Policies for Sustainable and Broad-based Development in Myanmar