May 27, Thimphu: To enhance the programs in forestry and natural resources, the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) and the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), Republic of Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Terma Linka Hotel. Dr. Choi Sei-Kyun, the President for KREI and Mr. Chencho Norbu, the Director General for DoFPS represented the two agencies.
The Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji graced the signing ceremony as the Chief Guest. In his speech, he said that although Bhutan is successful in conserving the environment, we are still grappling with how best to manage timber and forest produce related markets. ‘Given that the KREI has a lot of experience in policy based research, I feel our colleagues in Bhutan will be able to benefit from joint research and capacity building initiatives,’ Lyonpo added.
The President for KREI shared that the collaboration is an opportunity to develop cooperation and mutual understanding through learning from each other.
KREI is a government-funded research institute for developing agricultural and forestry policies for the balanced development of urban and rural areas. It has contributed to Korea’s economic development and the enhancement of public welfare through comprehensive research and surveys in agriculture, forests and rural areas.
The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), a government-based research and training institute under DoFPS will work together with KREI to ensure successful collaboration between two agencies which is expected to benefit beyond the forestry sector.
As per the MoU, the collaboration includes the exchange of professionals, research and development, experiences sharing, exchange of scholarly publications/platforms and development of proposals to secure resources for enhanced collaborative possibilities among others.
KREI delegation of five members will leave the country on May 29.
Tshering Doma with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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