Editorial

Tourism and hotels

One of the main pleas coming out of the tourism conference is from the hotel industry asking the TCB to do away with soft regulations to control the large numbers of regional tourists coming to Bhutan. They say that this does not allow them to fill their hotel rooms and …

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Sharing the mineral wealth

The upcoming Mining Bill will not just be any ordinary bill, but it will dictate the future of mining sector by focusing on mine ownership, allocation of mines, regulation of mines, levies and tax systems, community benefit sharing, environmental impact mitigation and more. However, the most important decision for the …

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Performance linked pay

The Prime Minister has revealed that the government has asked the 4th Pay Commission to come up with a performance based pay hike system where pay will be determined by performance. This move, if well planned and implemented, can be revolutionary in terms of reforming the civil service. It has …

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The Fourth Estate

Some of the worst crimes in history have been committed with the best of intentions. The government, as part of its periodic austerity measures, wants to save costs and so one of the measures is e-procurement bypassing advertising in the media. In the larger scheme of things, the advertisement budget …

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Austerity again

The trend with every new elected government is to go for an austerity drive at the beginning of its term, until it ends its term with an even more bloated current expenditure. The third democratic government seems set to implement new austerity measures, but unless it learns from what did …

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Quality jobs

The unemployment debate in Bhutan, for a long time, has been focused on the number of jobs to be provided, but the debate must now switch to the quality of jobs. The rush to provide youth jobs for the sake of providing jobs or filling up employment numbers will not …

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Understanding Bhutan

Bhutan is at an important juncture as we stand ready to graduate from our least developed country status in 2023 and become a middle income country, albeit at the lower end of the scale. This graduation will mean that we have achieved or are close to achieving our main and …

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A water crisis

Thimphu, and for that matter Bhutan, is learning an important lesson in water management with record low temperatures leading to the freezing of Thromde and household pipelines. The conversation can no longer be just about tapping water sources and building tanks, but it has to now move to how we …

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Overseas employment case

The ACC’s investigation report into the overseas employment case in India and Japan makes for some very sad reading. The former Labour Minister and current Director General taking financial favors from the Indian overseas agent stinks to the high heavens and is a damning indictment of the Labour Ministry. It …

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Growing importance of National Day

It is no coincidence that this year’s National Day celebrations were the grandest ever as our National Day celebrations will only become more and more significant. Bhutan’s National Day celebrations are becoming more important in the National calendar and while each National Day stay’s true to its main purpose they …

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