Reformist leader Thein Sein says Myanmar needs transformation
YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar's president called on Wednesday for a shake-up in the running of his fast-changing country, which he said was still mired in corruption and inefficiency and lagging behind its international peers.
Mr Thein Sein, the unlikely reformer to emerge from within a military junta 19 months ago, called for big improvements across Myanmar's outdated bureaucracy to strengthen democracy and the economy, as foreign firms weigh whether to invest in the resource-rich country.
"When it comes to measuring good governance, our country still falls far short of the international standards," the former general told a meeting of cabinet ministers, regional leaders and civil service chiefs aired on television and radio.
"There is still a lack of the characteristics of clean government and good governance... reforms are needed from the grassroots to the union (national) levels."