Foreign minister to strengthen existing ties

Dr Tandi Dorji, 50, from Lingmukha_Toedwang, Punakha is the new foreign minister. He served in the health sector for more than 20 years. Lyonpo (Dr) Tandi Dorji said, “Our whole manifesto,itself, is to narrow the gap between the poor and rich. If we are able to fulfill all our pledges in another five years, then I think the gap will be narrowed automatically.”

As for his plans and priorities for policies from the Foreign Ministry, he said, “I will further strengthen and make the existing foreign policieseven stronger. I will also further strengthen the ties of friendship between India and Bhutan.”As the foreign minister, he also plans to mobilize more resources and funds.

In addition, he plans to look after the issues faced by the students who are studying abroad. He said the ministry will also help the Bhutanese working abroad. “Many people face lots of issues abroad, and therefore, we are hoping to help them in better ways after studying a way forward,” he added.

As for the need to have a proper qualification to head a ministry, he said there is no requirement of any particular background to serve in any of the ministries. He said, “Though I do come from the health background, we will have many to guide and we have the strong civil servants. I don’t think there will be any issue, and we are very eager and quick to learn.”

He said it is important to fulfill all the targets and objectives set up out in the 12th Five Year Plan, with a little bit of realignment to the party pledges.

He has MBBS degree from Dhaka, MD Pediatrics from India and Masters in International Public Health (MIPH). In addition, he also holds Masters in Business Administration from University of Canberra.

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