Tourist arrivals in eastern and southern Bhutan are dismal at the moment, and we need to work on changing that. But they have more to do with accessibility and less with the daily tariff.Read More »
Part I In the wake of the recent spate of discussions on the possibility of revising the country’s current tourism policy (i.e. liberalizing the daily minimum tourist tariff), many of us are left anxious and worried. Assuming that the Parliament endorses the recommendations, it's disconcerting to even imagine the ramifications of sudden influx of tourists in the country.Read More »
This is in response to the National Council’s recent recommendation on the liberalization of the daily tourism tariff.Read More »
Winter is here, the dreaded season for the foresters. This season, foresters throughout the country have to be alert because forest fires occur frequently. Winter is also difficult most of the people because of extreme cold.Read More »
Q&A: What is the GNH Index and why do we need it? An index is a crunched number. If GDP is not so baffling to policy makers, GNH index should not be at all because it is simpler. GDP is a very useful measurement, especially for the short term.Read More »
Kuensel's Gyalsten K Dorji caught up with Centre for Bhutan Studies President, Dasho Karma Ura, who provided some insight into some of the recent findings of the GNH 1015 survey.
Why are there four categories of happiness in the GNH index?
One is not happy or unhappy in a clear two-way situation. There are also degrees of happiness in between being deeply happy or unhappy. That is why CBS came out with four categories to which people can be classified.Read More »
The metamorphosis of BOIC from the initial idea of it being an agency in the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to an agency outside the civil service and now possibly to an State Owned Enterprise (SOE) after a consideration ofRead More »
When the World Bank’s latest “Ease of Doing Business” Report ranked Bhutan as the 71st easiest place to do business among 189 economies around the world, there was likely to have been some understandable pride in the office of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.Read More »
Local adaptive resilient micro-eco-systems
Can the largest ever gathering of UNFCC meeting in Paris give hope to the large majority of the world who are struggling to keep up with the climate induced weather chaos impacting their livelihoods?Read More »
Since the coronation of the First King in 1907, Bhutan has had five kings. When it came to leadership transition there has never been a glitch. Interestingly, all of our kings ascended the throne when they were young.Read More »