Be Bhutanese, Buy Bhutanese
• To promote national industries and services, all government purchases should be biased in favour of national entities and made mandatory to buy from Bhutanese registered firms. Domestic preferences for Bhutanese products (value added by minimum 40%) should be given as high as 15% over imported ones. This will give a shot in the arm for the establishment of national trading units, industries and service providers ensuring, revenue generation, tax revenue, [... Read More]
PART II Starting with NAPE in the late 1980s (which I witnessed firsthand as a teacher in eastern Bhutan), much effort has gone into introducing child-centered, activity-based learning in Bhutan’s classrooms, especially at the primary level. Many Bhutanese classrooms continue, however, to be characterized by teachers doing most of the talking with students’ oral production limited to parroting one-word answers in unison.
A couple of explanations for this are that regardless of the training [... Read More]
The concurrent acquirement of both a second language and subjects taught through it
The editorial of February 18 on the teaching of languages as part of school education raises a number of noteworthy issues. Chief among these is the importance of authentic communication in the classroom and the need for teaching approaches to create a ‘language-rich classroom environment’ for supporting language learning. More broadly, the article ponders the question of what it means to learn a [... Read More]
It is good to know the debate on genetically modified organism (GMO) has finally found its way to our shore. It was inevitable, of course because Bhutan is no more an isolated lost Shangri-La.
GMO, a product of modern scientific development with its one leg historically hanging in the past (1800s or even earlier), is both a blessing and a curse, depending on how we want to interpret it. Much of this interpretation, like in most [... Read More]
Similar strategy could also be adopted for animal husbandry and horticulture sectors.
With the growth of commercial farming and to create a ready market and add value to its produce, the government must act as a catalyst in setting up export based agro (including diary) industries. This could be achieved in partnership with commercial farms and private sector similar to the setting up of industries like the calcium carbide and Ferro silicon and under FDI. When [... Read More]
Travelling with Their Majesties around the kingdom is a unique memorable experience
When His Majesty the King begins a journey across the country, the people of the court do not try to estimate when they will arrive at a destination.
The purpose of the travel is not to arrive, but to organise what is perhaps the most unique royal court in the world – a mobile one. It is not uncommon to reach the end of the [... Read More]
A New Year, a new government and a new Five-Year Plan surely could use a new thought process. Thus in the guise of devil’s advocate, I submit as such. If I were the government, I would implement the following to ensure wholesome, equitable and cost effective development of our economy and the country. Rupee shortage, current account deficit, unemployment, self-reliance, corruption, trade imbalances and host of other challenges and ills in the country would be [... Read More]
On the surface it was exciting reading this weekend’s media reports. Two newspapers picked up a press release from one of our political parties and gave us images of scandals of Wikileaks proportions, of Edward Snowden’s revelations and of Bhutan possibly getting embroiled in global state sponsored technological espionage with at least one superpower.
We welcome the debate but, unfortunately, like the five blind men who went to see an elephant, we did not get a [... Read More]
The trick, the writer reveals, is to know oneself, warts and all, and not seek to be another
People often ask how to overcome lack of self-confidence. They say that they are shy to approach a member of the opposite sex, or are unable to talk in front of a large number of people.
I tell them that they should just do the best they can without expectations. That is enough. I also narrate the story of [... Read More]
As we move into the Lunar New Year festivities, IMF Managing Director Christine Largarde is signaling that “optimism is in the air”.
In a speech on January 15, she claimed the global growth momentum could be strengthened further in 2014, mainly due to advanced economies, but it is still stuck in low gear.
The good news is the US economy is recovering confidence, helped by housing recovery and private demand. Consequently, the Fed will begin its tapering [... Read More]
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