Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Business key to job creation, economic growth

When it comes to doing business, there are few places worse, it seems, than the likes of Myanmar, also known as Burma.  That’s at least, according to the World Bank, which has Myanmar ranked as worst in Asia – at 182nd of 189 rated economies – on the ease of doing business.  That’s even worse than 141st-ranked Bhutan. Rounding out the “Top 5” for worst in Asia in The World Bank 2014 Doing Business report – the latest annual assessment of the ease of doing [... Read More]

What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system PART THREE   The curriculum needs a turnaround, not a tinkering around with THE first (but not last or least) attempt to tweak the curriculum, if I remember right, came about in the mid to late eighties.  This was the well intentioned, but perhaps not thought through, ‘new approach to primary education’ or NAPE.  Its aim, a step in the right direction, was to provide an all round education [... Read More]

Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Bhutan: A word of caution to users?

Thiis article critiques the research titled “Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Bhutan” (Namgay & Yuden, 2013). This mixed-methods study was reported to be commissioned by Ministry of Education and conducted by two Chief Research Officers from the Royal Education Council. MoE and REC are among the most influential authorities with regards to education, therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if educational policies springboard from the findings of the study. However, there are certain critical aspects of the report which shrouds some parts of the research findings in [... Read More]

What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system PART TWO   The litany of woes that besets our schools today Now this is not to slam a soul of the many in this the most populous of ministries; least of all our stalwart teachers, who soldier on, doing a grand job despite the odds they deal with on a daily basis.  Most of the flaws to be ticked off in this exposé are way out of their [... Read More]

As the World Looks to Bhutan…

The world-embracing vision of a young king The deepest yearning of every human being! It’s name is Gyalyong Gakid Pelzom…   The most precious object in the world is life. And the most cherished goal of life is happiness. The means may differ, but the end is one. All human striving is directed at realising this goal. Time and place and personal circumstances are immaterial to this native yearning of the human heart. This is why the 20th of March is special and significant in [... Read More]

Post-2015 – why should Bhutan care?


If I told people that my position is called “Post-2015 National Coordinator”, majority wouldn’t have the faintest idea what such a person actually does. This article tries to explain what post-2015 means, and what is its relevance to Bhutan Today the world celebrates the UN International Day of Happiness, marked for the second time. Bhutan initiated the Day to raise awareness on the need for a more holistic approach to development. The happiness day is essentially linked to the ongoing discussion led by the UN, [... Read More]

An insight into the Construction Industry of Bhutan

The construction industry of Bhutan is about 40 years old. However, very little advancement has taken place in terms of the quality and technology of construction. For a small country like Bhutan, there are far too many contractors given the small size of the construction industry. At present there are over 4,000 contractors in  the country. In the absence of sound and definite construction policies, the construction industry today is going through a rough time. Contractors are desperately competing for work . Many contractors bid [... Read More]

What’s up with education down today?

A layman’s (as opposed to academic) diagnosis of the state of health of our school system PART ONE   Say something often enough and, even if false, it can get to sound like fact CORRECT me if I’m wrong, but to my own hazy recall the first real talk of a drop in standards of education was bandied about around the same time some bright sparks in the dept. of ed. resolved in their collective wisdom to drop Shakespeare from the syllabus.  There are quite [... Read More]

Implications of international trade on health

What does joining World Trade Organisation mean for Bhutan’s health sector? The implication of international trade on health has been recognised for centuries.  The Black Death (plague) followed international trading routes in the 14th century. International health organisations like the Pan American sanitary bureau (1902), office international d’hygiène publique (OIHP 1907) in Paris, health organisation of the league of nations (1919) and WHO (1948) were created mainly to control the spread of infectious diseases through international trade/travel routes. The rapid increase in international trade, both [... Read More]

Economic Stimulus Plan: Fallacy of assumptions

The Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) is a kind of stabilisation measure undertaken by the government. It aims to inject an additional Nu 5B in the economy. It is more of the nature of supply side management to expand aggregate supply. Funds would be channeled through two routes of monetary and fiscal systems. The monetary channel is the primary channel, which aims to strengthen the capital base of financial institutions by Nu 4B and is expected to stimulate lending to the productive sectors of the economy. [... Read More]

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