Executive training on local public finance and fiscal decentralization

The Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM) in cooperation with the Renaissance Institute (RI) will conduct an executive education program, sponsored by The Canadian International Development Research Centre, on local public finance and fiscal decentralization.

This program is designed specifically for government officials, member of the parliaments, and researchers from universities or research organizations in Myanmar who are responsible for managing and analyzing local public finance.

The five-day course, from June 3 to 7, will be conducted in Naypitaw, Myanmar. Instructors and speakers are from Fulbright University Vietnam and some of the most prestigious universities, Harvard University and Duke University.

Attending the Opening Ceremony of this training workshop, Dr. Luan Thuy Duong - the Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar – said "The Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management has been very successful and brought many benefits for not only the Vietnamese people and the Vietnamese Government but also the international community, especially in the field of the public finance... I do believe that this training course will continue to be successful and expand to other ministries of Myanmar to bring more benefits to the Myanmar people and the Myanmar Government."

The program responds to a gap in technical capacity which has emerged as the Myanmar government progressively devolve responsibility for public finance decisions to state and regional administrative levels. The course will better enable participants to design and implement fiscal decentralization policy reforms to improve local public financial management.

Over a five-day period, the program will cover topics on fiscal federalism, allocation of expenditure and revenue responsibilities, local revenue systems, intergovernmental transfers, and local government borrowing.

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