Socio Economic And Legislative Reforms Essay

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In 2011, after decades of authoritarian rule, Myanmar has opened up to the outside world again and undertaken a series of socio-economic and legislative reforms under the new civilian government. Since then, many domestic civil organisations, international non-governmental organisations (NGO) and aid agencies have increased their presence and activities inside the country. The most unprecedented move was in 2013 when the government allowed for the first time to carefully reconsider on the state of civil society in Myanmar and revoked a restrictive law that was enforced during the military rule (Morgan, 2015). The government started drafting the Organisation Registration Law in 2013 and allowed the representatives of the civil society to review the draft law and critique over it (ICNL, 2014). The law was then revised by the government with the views from the critiques and was passed by the parliament in 2014 (ICNL, 2014). The law provides voluntary registration procedures for local and international NGOs and contains no restrictions or criminal punishments. The law was a major achievement of legislative reforms for the development of the civil society in Myanmar which was repressed during the previous regimes. Although the civil society in Myanmar has only recently been officially accepted and recognised, the civil society in its many different forms have always had a significant role in the social, economic and political scenes of the country. Policy environment: The civil
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