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  • Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo meets TICA delegation

    Thimphu: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo,Yeshey Penjor meets four member delegation from the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) led by the Director General, Miss Pattarat  Hongtong on July 18.

    The meeting discussed the possible collaborations in terms of capacity building, infrastructure development, floriculture and timber products. The TICA delegation assured to extend its full support for improvement of Bhutanese livelihood and environment for sustainability.

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  • BEFIT 2019 to catalyse CSI

    16-18 July, Thimphu: About 52 Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) entrepreneurs exhibited their products and services at the Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation (BEFIT) 2019 held at the Royal Thimphu College. BEFIT served as a national forum to bring together a wide range of expertise for sharing the best practices and discuss innovative solutions and challenges to catalyse the CSI in Bhutan.

    With a theme, ‘Catalysing the Cottage and Small Industries Sector to drive Bhutan’s economic diversification’, BEFIT focused on the four thematic areas such as nurturing an entrepreneurial culture and developing entrepreneurial skills, furthering innovation and technology, enhancing market access and improving access to finance and mitigating risks.

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  • National Training Workshop on Compilation and Validation of Supply Utilization Account (SUA)/Food Balance Sheet (FBS) of Bhutan

    16th July 2019: RNR Statistics Division, Directorate Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in collaboration with FAO UN is organizing National Training Workshop on compilation and validation of Supply Utilization Account (SUA)/Food Balance Sheet (FBS) of Bhutan. The training is being conducted at Institute of Management Studies Limited, Serbithang, Thimphu, from 16th to 19th July 2019 as part of  FAO’s Regional Project  « Strengthening the capacity for monitoring Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 and 12 ». The training aims to build capacity in Bhutan on the compilation as well as validation of SUA/FBS by providing in-depth technical training on revised FBS methodology and tool. Furthermore, the workshop is also important to raise awareness of the potential uses of the FBS and its relevance as a food security policy analysis tool, taking into consideration its link to some of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators.

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  • Vietnamese delegation meets Sanam Lyonpo

    8 July, Thimphu: A nine member delegation from Vietnam National Assembly headed by His Excellency Mr. Phan Xuan Dung, Member of Central Party Committee, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Science, Technology and Environment called on the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor.

    Their Excellencies discussed on the areas of agriculture, fishery and forest. The Chairman expressed Vietnamese keen interest on forest management in Bhutan.

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  • Message from Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo on International Day of Co-operatives

    The International Day of Co-operatives is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday of July each year. The aim of the International Day is to increase awareness on cooperatives and celebrate the movement’s success and promote the ideals of solidarity, economic efficiency, equality and world peace. This year, the day will be celebrated on 6th July 2019; with the theme “COOPS 4 DECENT WORK” highlighting the fact that co-operatives are people-centered enterprises placing human development and social justice at the forefront. As an associate member of the International Cooperative Alliance, Bhutan has been observing International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) since 2011.

    Like many countries, Bhutan too grapples with the problem of widening the wealth gap, increasing unemployment levels, particularly among its youth and increasing job insecurity because of the transforming economy. The Co-operatives Day theme was identified to support the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 of “Inclusive development and decent work”. Cooperatives and Farmer Groups have the potential to generate gainful and secure employment – either through self-employment or by creating paid jobs.

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