Editorial

What the taxes mean

The government’s various tax measures, on the whole, is a movement in the right direction. The judgment on GST comes from the private sector itself which has largely welcomed the tax reform measure pending some minor issues that they want resolved. The main challenge though will come in implementation. The …

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The Five-year plan

The Prime Minister has come up with a bold new proposal to do away with the traditional five year planning system. He has two main arguments around it. The first is that by the time a new party comes to power the five-year plan is already drafted and made by …

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Vision 2020

In 1999, the then Council of Ministers came up with a document ‘Bhutan 2020: A vision for Peace, Prosperity and Happiness’. The vision document set broad targets in a range of social and economic areas. Today, the report card on the Bhutan 2020 is a mixed bag. While a lot …

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The economy

The economy does not look good with growth hitting 3.03 percent in 2018 and credit slowing down significantly coupled with high Non Performing Loans. The strains are showing with many private associations and companies approaching the government for help. Some would say this is the typical boom and bust cycle …

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National Service

Whenever one looks at the history of any nation one will always notice some pivotal periods in its history that have played a major role in shaping it be what it is today. Bhutan has similarly arrived at a juncture in our history where have taken a call under the …

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112th National Day

Many countries around the world celebrate ‘Independence Day,’ but Bhutan is one of the very few that has the fortune of not having to celebrate one. Instead, we have our National Day where we as one country and one people celebrate our sovereignty and remember our leaders who kept us …

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A Big Rethink

As Bhutan approaches the 112th National Day it is time to take a national and long term view of our current problems. One of the biggest current issues is an economic slowdown with banks going slow on credit and the private sector in the doldrums. If we think about it …

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Digital schools

The Ministry of Education (MoE) will introduce ICT classes from PP onwards, and ensure an ICT enabling infrastructure is setup in all the primary schools in the country. Due to the rapid change and revolution in technology, a student or a graduate would still feel illiterate if they are not …

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Meet the Press

The advent of democracy in 2008 led to the creation or strengthening of many democratic institutions and most of these are identified in the form of Constitutional bodies or other autonomous agencies. However, other less tangible but still important institutions like the monthly ‘Meet-the-Press’ was created. Meet-the-Press was a creation …

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The people

The state owned enterprises are expected to get their salary hike proposals cleared by the cabinet within this month, following the footsteps of their cousins in the civil service. It is always amazing to see politicians and civil servants being so generous among themselves with tax-payers’ money and the resources …

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