Challenges and Opportunities for strengthening State and Regional Parliaments in Myanmar

Rakhine State Hluttaw

Challenges and Opportunities for strengthening State and Regional Parliaments in Myanmar

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Deakin Room
Speaker(s): 
Myat The Thitsar (Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation; Oxford)
Convenor: 
Dr M J Walton
Series: 
Southeast Asia Seminar

Local legislative bodies, the Myanmar State and Regional parliaments were formed in 2011 and are constitutive sub-national governmental institutions. These are new institutions for a historically centralised country like Myanmar. Although these institutions are significant federal entities, scant attention has been paid to their strengthening. In the wake of the 2015 General Election, the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF) began a Performance Analysis of State and Regional Parliaments in order to better understand the current performance status of these 14 local legislative institutions and document the challenges and opportunities they face. Initial findings suggest that significant structural, geo-political and personal determinants constitute both barriers and opportunities for the institutional building of all State and Regional Parliaments. This talk will cover the study’s key findings and recommendations in the hope of bring significant attention and practical efforts towards strengthening these federal entities.       

Myat The Thitsar is the co-founder and Executive Director of EMReF, a non-profit research organization mainly conducting socio-economics, social and political research. She holds degrees from California State University – Fresno and Yadanabon University, Mandalay. Myat The Thitsar returned to Myanmar in 2008, where she carries out social science research and is currently implementing a program called “Information for Enhancing Citizen Participation in Politics and Evidence-based Policy-Making”. She is the Lead Researcher of the recent performance analysis study of Myanmar State and Regional Parliaments.