Editorial

The bypass

The biggest harbinger of development in Bhutan was the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway which, even today, is the main commercial lifeline for Bhutan. In that sense, the Damchu-Chukha bypass inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 18th July is a major project that will save a lot of money and time and bolster …

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A review of the laws

The National Law Review Taskforce has come up with many laws that need to be done away with, harmonized, implemented with procedural change and also enacted. This taskforce got into action after His Majesty The King on 16th May 2014, in an address to the Parliament, expressed His Majesty’s concerns …

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The Unemployment debate

The disastrous Brexit vote that saw Britain exiting the European Union, was fueled due to long standing- but incorrect perceptions. One, was that Britain had no control over immigration and huge numbers were coming in, which was not true. The other was that Britain was losing more to the EU …

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The State of the Nation

The conventional political punditry these days places the current PDP government as a strong contender for the 2018 elections. This has nothing to do with the party being the incumbent government which, in fact, is a disadvantage- given the high level of anti-incumbency in Bhutanese politics. The party and its …

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The price of land

Land has always been highly priced in Thimphu, and prices seem to be now reaching record levels. On one hand, increasing land rates in Thimphu is one of the best indicators that the Bhutanese economy is doing well, as most of the buyers are from the business community. Land prices …

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Insidious Social Media

There is a global conversation going on among governments, civil society, academia, media, and ordinary people on the increasingly dark and insidious nature of social media, and its impact on real lives and real society. The conversation is both about acknowledging we all have a growing social media problem on …

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Bhutan should stand its ground on SAARC CCI

The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) secretariat based in Pakistan and Pakistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) are clearly working in cahoots to deny Bhutan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) its rightful chance be the next SAARC CCI President. The SAARC CCI Presidency works on …

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Mangdechu tariff

The importance of the Mangdechu tariff negotiations cannot be understated for Bhutan in setting a precedent for Punatsangchu I and II and also deciding the income for Bhutan’s most important source of domestic revenue. All that Bhutan is asking for is a fair tariff rate, based on the cost of …

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Loan interest reduction

The loan interest rate reduction reform, carried out by the Central Bank at the request of the government from August 2016, saved an estimated Nu 3.2 bn for borrowers, just in 2017. This is only set to increase in the coming years as the loan base increases. According to feedback …

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Reducing grant dependence

It is the responsibility of the current government to draw up the draft 12th FYP plan and secure in principal donor commitments, so that when a new government comes in it has a ready plan and also donors that it can approach. In that sense, this government must be commended …

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