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Decongest Thimphu

The main slogan of the current government is ‘Narrowing the gap,’ and one area where the gap needs to be narrowed is in the almost out of control construction boom and rapid development in Thimphu, compared to all other parts of the country. The construction boom in Thimphu is not …

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The World George H.W. Bush Made

CAMBRIDGE – I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call history is inevitable. What happens in this world is the result of what people choose to do and …

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Projects must benefit locals

The Construction of hydro projects in Bhutan is essentially a government to government business, with the main beneficiary being big Indian contractors handling all the main works. The local communities are literally left in the dust as they either see only temporary or marginal benefits, which is outweighed by the …

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Financing International Cooperation

NEW YORK – Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level is dangerously inadequate. The United Nations system, the European Union, and other multilateral organizations are under great stress, because their budgets are inadequate to meet their responsibilities. While a few free-market ideologues may …

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38 SOEs central to domestic revenue and government job creation

12 new SOEs had been established in the 11th plan State Owned Enterprises plays strategic roles in providing infrastructure and ensuring efficient public services and constitutes a major part of the economy. The SOEs in Bhutan are categorized into two groups- socially-oriented and commercially-oriented SOES. In the 11th FYP, the …

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The Limits of China’s Charm Offensive

STOCKHOLM – Over the last decade, China has taken an increasingly muscular approach to relations with East Asian countries. But in recent months, it has surprised its neighbors with a charm offensive. What changed? In terms of China’s behavior in the region, quite a lot. In 2013, China unilaterally declared …

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From aid to trade 

Donor aid or grants have played a vital role in Bhutan’s development and modernization, in the last five decades. Donor assistance allowed Bhutan to build its first motorable roads, its first modern schools and hospitals and various other important infrastructure. The Bhutanese government and every Bhutanese appreciate the important and …

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Sounding The Hydropower Projects’ Death Knell

It has been four long years; it has taken 54 blistering articles at an average of over one article a month! I was the lone crusader ranting away like a man possessed – lamenting at the destruction that continues to be caused by a disaster named “hydropower”. The deafening silence …

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Quality projects

Bhutan is groaning with the huge cost overruns and delays in the Punatsangchu I and II projects. It is notable that in the first project the original dam location was changed to a new one without adequate studies, ignoring even the prior warning of a weakness in the right bank. …

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