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Bhutan PM to visit Bangladesh in Apr


Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering is expected to visit Bangladesh in April with an aim to strengthen ties, especially in the sector of bilateral trade. He will be arriving in the second week of April at the invitation... More

Bhutan hopes to attract investors through CSIs: Foreign Minister


The Foreign Minister of Bhutan Tandi Dorji has said that enhancing private sector and civil society organisations’ (CSO) involvement through Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) was one of the key discussions at 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM),... More

UNDP honours Bhutan King


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has presented a Special Award of Recognition to the Bhutanese king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck for advancing human development and the wellbeing and happiness of the people of Bhutan. The UNDP Administrator... More

Bhutan has to be strategic in the last mile ride: PM


Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering says despite many success, Bhutan still has much to do in terms of development and ensure no one is left behind as echoed in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was speaking at the... More

ADB increases concessional loan to Bhutan by over US$ 20 M


From this year, Bhutan can now access about US$ 70 M in the highly concessional loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is an increase by over US$ 20 M as compared to previous years. This was... More

ICAO red-flags Bhutan over aviation safety oversight


The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) after its validation mission in August last year has red-flagged Bhutan for lack of effective implementations, especially in the Air Navigation Services (ANS). ICAO red flags countries whose oversight over the aviation... More

Thimphu to go digital from March


With only one day left for the residents of Thimphu to switch to the digital cable television system, the households that have not done so will not receive their television signals from March 1. The Bhutan InfoComm and... More

Ten-fold increase in size of FDI inflow in Bhutan


Bhutan recorded Nu 5.7B worth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2018 alone, recording a 10-fold increase from 2017. From seven projects in 2017 worth Nu 597M, FDI inflow in terms of the number of projects increased... More

Bhutan gov’t to digitalize services in every office


Internet charges in Bhutan are higher compared to other countries. And with the government’s flagship programme to digitalize services in every office, it might further increase the internet cost. An official from the Ministry of Information and Communications... More

Bhutan’s first mini dry port ready for use


Bhutan’s first ever mini dry port is ready for use in Phuentshogling. In order to decongest the core town area and to dovetail the customs clearances for all import and exports entering through Phuentshogling, the mini dry... More

7th Bhutan-Bangladesh commerce secretary level meeting underway in Thimphu


To exchange ideas and explore new areas of cooperation to promote trade and commerce between the two countries, the 7th Bhutan-Bangladesh commerce secretary-level meeting began in Thimphu on Tuesday. The two-day meeting is expected to review the implementation... More

Bhutan records lowest inflation at 3.13% in 2018


With an annual average of 2.69 percent last year, Bhutan recorded the lowest inflation since the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) began tracking it 15 years ago. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) or the inflation rate in December 2018,... More

Bhutan is taking a historic move to invest in youth: PM


Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering, said enrolling all class ten passed students into government and private higher secondary schools is a historic move to invest in youth of the country. Prime minister was speaking at the Friday Meet... More

China outreach to Bhutan poses fresh challenge to India


As China seeks to intensify engagement with Bhutan, a country it does not have diplomatic relations with, Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui is visiting Thimphu again, starting Tuesday. China’s Bhutan outreach poses a significant foreign policy challenge... More

GDP target of 6% good enough, says Bhutan PM


The Government says setting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) target beyond eight per cent would rather widen the gap between the rich and poor. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said this at the Meet the Press session... More

Bhutan signs project with WB to create jobs, diversify economy


The three-year project titled Youth Employment and Rural Entrepreneurship will support Bhutan in creating jobs for its young people and promoting broader economic diversification. The US$ 1.25 M project aims to bring innovation in youth employment approaches in... More

Bhutan likely to open five more border points for regional tourists


Soon, Bhutan will have five new entry and exit border points to facilitate travel for regional tourists. This move comes in the wake of promoting tourism in the region. As per the reports, the National Assembly of... More

Govt. to allow entry of regional tourists through all border towns


The National Assembly yesterday endorsed entry and exit of regional tourists through the border towns of Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nganglam, and Panbang. Currently, Phuentsholing is the only entry point for regional tourists. However, entry and exit would be allowed... More

Financial switches of Bhutan and India to be integrated soon


In marking 50 years of Indo-Bhutan diplomatic relation, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would soon integrate Bhutan financial switch and national financial switch of India to facilitate cash-less cross border digital... More

Jeremy England-led Red Cross delegation meets Bhutan PM


A delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) led by Jeremy England, the Head of the Regional Delegation, ICRC, called on Bhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering in Thimphu on Wednesday. Dr Tshering welcomed the... More

Bhutan’s Mangdechhu hydroelectric project to start producing by end of next month


After few episodes of minor delay, 720 Megawatt Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan is likely to come alive by the end of February. India is a major stakeholder in the Rs 4000 crore worth green power project... More

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Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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