Bhutan’s Development Journey – The Way Forward

The 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM), a public discourse forum for international development partners, government, policymakers, and civil society organizations, successfully concluded this week. Some 50 multilateral and bilateral agencies congregated in the capital to delve deeper into Bhutan’s development process, reflect on the successes and challenges, and craft the way forward. The meeting of […]

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A Reality Check for Bhutan’s High Value Tourism

The first ever two-day National Tourism Conference held this week brought together key tourism stakeholders, policymakers, non-government actors and private sector. ‘Taking tourism to the top’ was the slogan of the conference. It was an attractive, marketing slogan. No arguing about it. The conference also saw an impressive turnout. Numerous issues and challenges confronting the […]

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Ban on plastic bags: will it work this time?

The National Environment Commission (NEC) has resuscitated the 20-year-old ban on plastic carry bags. Come April 1, any business establishment found selling or using plastic bags would be fined Nu 500 in the first instant, with double the penalty in the second. The third offence could result in the cancellation of the business license. The […]

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Moral, ethical & legal question over MPs pocketing driver allowance

Something is not brewing right in the Member of Parliaments’ (MP) personal accounts. Excluding cabinet ministers, Prime Minister, Speaker, Council Chairperson and Opposition Leader, other fifty-eight MPs are entitled to Nu 6,000 every month as allowance for “employment of personal driver” but it appears that not a single MP has employed a driver so far […]

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Tax reforms Make it uniform

“Narrowing the gap” is certainly an idealistic concept. And the Prime Minister declared in the current parliament session that the government does not aim to make everyone equal but simply narrow the gap. This does hold some sense because doing away with the gap entirely is not possible. There will always be haves and have-nots […]

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Water crisis

a clarion call This winter appears to be agonizingly cold. As if that is not enough, Thimphu’s water distribution system has literally tanked. With freezing temperatures, water pipes at the source are either blocked or damaged and as a result, many parts of Thimphu are grappling with prolonged water shortage. And it seems there is […]

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