Korea helps Myanmar launch new legal database system


Korea’s Ministry of Legislation has shared its technology to launch a new system for accessing legal databases in Myanmar, the ministry said on Tuesday.

On May 24, Myanmar launched the Myanmar Law Information System which allows people to search the country’s legal information through computer and mobile applications. The Korean Ministry of the Legislature cooperated with the Myanmar government to establish the system, which was first developed here and called the Republic of Korea National Law Information Center.

Participants pose during the launching ceremony of MLIS in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Thursday. (Ministry of Legislation)

Minister of Legislation Kim Oe-sook visited Myanmar from May 22-24 to attend the launch event of MLIS, hosted by the Union of Myanmar Attorney General’s Office.

“I am happy that South Korea has played a role in helping Myanmar to open its legal system to the public in a transparent way to bring about fundamental changes to society,” Kim said at the event. in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on May 24. .

“I believe the MLIS would serve as a vital base for the country to establish legalism and also help promote investments to accelerate the economic development of the country.”

The new system transferred all legal information stipulated on paper into an electronic format. It provides easy access to some 5,000 legal data files, which include the country’s Constitution, regulations, legal precedents, past treaties and municipal ordinances, for anyone with a computer or application. mobile. While all data is compiled in Burmese, 375 invoices are also available in English.

U Tun Tun Oo, the Attorney General of the Union Attorney General’s Office in Myanmar, thanked the South Korean government at the event.

“The new MLIS system will provide easier access for the population to the vast amount of legal information that is established through the government’s open democracy policies.

The attorney general also said training on how to use the system will be available to officials of central administrative agencies in Myanmar and 14 state governments.

U Tun Tun Oo (left), attorney general of the Union of Myanmar Attorney General's Office, and South Korea's Minister of Legislation Kim Oe-sook pose after their meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Thursday.  (Ministry of Legislation)

U Tun Tun Oo (left), attorney general of the Union of Myanmar Attorney General’s Office, and South Korea’s Minister of Legislation Kim Oe-sook pose after their meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Thursday. (Ministry of Legislation)

Myanmar politicians and businessmen also welcomed the launch of the new legal system, citing their previous difficulties in accessing labor and tax laws.

The implementation of MLIS took three years, starting in 2016, and cost $ 3.65 million, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency, according to the ministry.

The ministry said it first established a medium-term plan, then collected the basic Myanmar law and regulations and introduced the legal information search system there.

It will provide technical support for the next year and train Myanmar government officials so that they can operate the system on their own, he added.

The Ministry of Legislation said it also plans to cooperate with other countries interested in the Korea National Legal Information Center.

At the request of the Mongolian Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs, the Korean Ministry of Legislation launched a consultation project there.

In the second half of this year, the ministry will also discuss plans for cooperation with Indonesia.

“Korea’s National Legal Information Center is an innovative system that allows anyone to access the country’s legal information in its latest version anytime, anywhere. It has become one of the best legal systems in the world, ”Kim said.

“If this system is adopted by other countries, it will contribute to the lawful administration and economic development of the countries and also provide practical assistance to Korean companies, investors and Koreans who use the laws and regulations of the countries. counties. “

By Jo He-rim ([email protected])


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