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14th RTM outcome: Support from partners and aid to trade

The government’s new approach of engagement with the partners henceforth will focus on trade from aid unlike the traditional pattern. The foreign minister, Lyonpo Tandin Dorji, after the conclusion of the RTM said that Bhutan has to move from aid to trade and explore different forms of partnership as the …

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Govt aiming for an inclusive Round Table Meeting this year

The 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM) will take place from 12-14 March in the capital next week. The foreign minister, Lyonpo Tandin Dorji shared that the RTM is the highest forum for policy dialogue between Bhutan and its development partners, donors, bilateral and multilateral agencies to come together and the …

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‘Biodegradable plastic’ bags not as safe as widely presumed

The National Environment Commission (NEC) in consultation with the relevant stakeholders recently notified the general public on the nationwide reinforcement of the plastic ban with effect from April this year. Although there has been a general acknowledgment of the decision given that the country is currently grappling with waste management …

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Students monitor climate change with support from HEROES

Himalayan Environmental Rhythms Observation and Evaluation System (HEROES) project, implemented by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) is the first nationwide school-based initiative to monitor climate change and its impact on the mountain ecosystem in Bhutan. Almost six years into the project after its first establishment …

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Govt has no plans to establish more SOEs

In reference to the World Bank’s report on the state’s dominance of the economy, which revealed that it has not only constrained private sector development but also distorted the market, to the Prime Minister said that the government has no plans to establish more State Owned Enterprises (SoEs). “All the …

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