Bhutan and India have a development co-operation meet

The three day first round of Bhutan-India development co-operation talks for the 11th five year plan between the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) and the Government of India (GOI) started on August 15, here in the capital.

The Bhutanese delegation is led by foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji and the Indian side by Mr. P.S Raghavan, Special Secretary, development partnership administration of the Indian ministry of external affairs.

The two sides are engaged in revision of RGOB’s request for GOI assistance for the 11th FYP and discussions on other related issues.

The Indian delegation called on Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji and finance minister Namgay Dorji.

The delegation conveyed their greetings to Lyonchhen and said they looked forward to lyonchhen’s visit to India by the end of this month.

Mr. P.S Raghavan said “we like to reach concrete outcomes early. We will have discussion with private consultants and planning commissions to ensure that our assistance is better executed and better monitored and come up with more innovative and efficient projects.”

Mr. Raghavan assured GOI’s assistance in financing, executing and monitoring the 11th FYP in a proficient and effective way.

Lyonchhen thanked the Indian delegation and said he looked forward to successful discussions and hoped that the exchange of visits between the two countries will continue hereafter.

The Bhutan-India Development co-operation Talks will end tommorow.

Lyonchhen also met Ambassadors of Czech Republic to Bhutan, Miloslav Stasek, Arab Republic of Egypt Khaled El Bakly and Republic of Finland to Bhutan Rauli Suikkanen. The Ambassadors and Lyonchhen discussed on various areas of cooperation and Hon’ble Lyonchhen congratulated the ambassadors for their appointment and wished each of them a successful tenure in Bhutan.

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