Bhutan Parliament Speaker Jigme Zangpo said the joint sitting will deliberate five disputed clauses of the Customs Bill and 15 objections against the controversial Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement. The BBIN agreement was designed to facilitate seamless cross-border movement of passenger, personnel and cargo vehicles in the member countries.
He was speaking in the opening ceremony of the ninth session of the second Parliament which started Wednesday. Bhutan Parliament Speaker Jigme Zangpo welcomed His Majesty The King and members of the Royal Family, representatives of the Central Monastic Body, senior government officials and representatives of the international community.
National Council (NC) last year passed a 15-point resolution objecting the BBIN agreement, which NC says merits urgent intervention and clarification from the government for NC to support it.
NC’s spokesperson and deputy chairperson, Tshering Dorji, has said that the house is willing to listen to the government’s clarifications. “We are a house with an open mind and are willing to be convinced by new justifications and reasoning in the best interests of the nation and the people.”
The Parliament will also adopt the annual national budget for the financial year 2017-18.