The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Poland’s National School of Public Administration, will conduct a SENSE training (Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise) for government officials, oppositionists and civil society representatives, to be held on 3-7 September 2012 in Warsaw.
The training will be attended by 49 participants from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma), representing the government, political opposition parties, and non-governmental organizations.
SENSE is a training programme which makes it possible to conduct, among other things, a computer simulation of a country’s functioning within a free market economy. The programme has been created for unstable countries on the verge of systemic, economic and social changes. Its aim is to strengthen government administration in beneficiary countries, as well as to promote reforms and good governance at both the local and state levels. The training is conducted under licence from the U.S. Institute for Defence Analyses.
The training consists of two parts: an introduction which presents participants with negotiation techniques and leadership trainings, and a second part which consists of the computer simulation itself. The three-day exercise makes it possible to create a multi-annual plan for governing a hypothetical state.
Moreover, due to special interest among the guests from Myanmar in Poland’s experiences with peaceful systemic transformation, they will meet with two famous oppositionists and parliamentarians – Zbigniew Bujak and Jerzy Borowczak.
SENSE projects have been in operation in Poland since 2006. Between 2006 and 2011, trainings were held for representatives of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine. In 2012, the MFA also organized trainings for representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries and Kyrgyzstan. In October 2012, yet another SENSE training will be held for Egypt and Libya. The programme is funded from the Polish development cooperation budget.