State Counsellor calls for cooperation between central and regional governments

Hsan Htoo Aung

Cooperation is necessary between central and region or state governments for the success of national projects, said the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the meeting (1/2017) of the National Planning Commission of the Union Government.

"In some issues, what the parliament has pointed out could be right. We must accept them if they are true. Projects drawn by the government could not all be implemented according to the attitude that they are all correct and precise. Within its power and duty, the parliament will criticise or suggest alternatives - and there could be approvals or rejections. It is very important that we are flexible about criticisms and suggestions from the parliament. With cooperation between governments at different levels and with parliamentary approval for those projects, we can assume that our National Planning Commission is honest. The first priority is that projects must benefit the country - and for that to happen, we must cooperate with each other," said Suu Kyi.

The State Counsellor also said there is a system of checks and balances between the parliament and the executive, which makes it necessary to know in advance the questions of MPs when proposed projects are submitted to the parliament. Only then, can parliamentary approval be won, she concluded.  

Translated by Soe Tint