MYANMAR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FORUM Closing Remarks by Dr. Ashok Nigam, UN Resident Coordinator

20 January, 2013, Nay Pyi Taw
Your Excellency Minister Dr. Kan Zaw, Your Excellencies Union Ministers, Ambassadors, Representatives of Donor Agencies and UN Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the UN system in Myanmar, let me say that this has been a landmark event under the leadership of the Government.

We have had very productive discussions in the Forum and have come together to agree on principles for effective development cooperation to improve the lives of the people of Myanmar.

The Accord formalizes the spirit of our cooperation.

I would like to highlight some important achievements that this Accord represents.
First, it establishes national leadership which is critical for development effectiveness.
Second, it recognizes that we need a ‘whole-of-Government’ approach encompassing all levels so that the commitments in the Accord are translated into implementation. We are pleased to see the wide participation of national partners in this Forum, including from the Regions and States.
Third, it commits development partners to align their support and actions with national priorities.
Fourth, we have, yesterday and today, recognized the inherent strengths that Myanmar has and also the challenges it faces. The Accord most critically commits development partners to strengthen national institutions and build local capacity, not substituting for it and to reduce transaction costs. In this context, the World Bank’s remarks today highlighted the importance of using country systems and for ODA to be on-budget.

The Accord is and should be seen to be all about results, results, results. This Forum is appropriately sub-titled – Partnerships for Action, Implementation and Success.
We look forward to the next steps of translating the Accord into action and to work in a joint Government-Development Partner taskforce.

Let me close by saying that the UN system in Myanmar is pleased to adopt the ‘Nay Pyi Taw Accord for Effective Development Cooperation ‘.

Finally, I would like on behalf of the UN system in Myanmar to congratulate the Government for this very successful Forum and assure it of the support of the UN system.
Thank you.