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Manifesto #4: Political Economy of Trade

We should be really interested in the trade policies of our political party manifestos. While our trade has improved over the years with India, our trade deficit is growing at an alarming rate of almost Nu.30 billion a year. Trade statistics shows the commodities which are primarily responsible for this deficit. It’s the import of … Continue reading Manifesto #4: Political Economy of Trade

Manifesto #3 (Health): We need more Associate Doctors than doctors!

Health services in Bhutan face shortage of doctors and modern equipment. We have only 300 doctors and around 1000 nurses. The current ratio of doctors to population is around 1:2300 and ratio of doctors to nurses is 1:300. Doctors and nurses are overworked, under-compensated and patients sometimes bear the brunt of their frustrations with long … Continue reading Manifesto #3 (Health): We need more Associate Doctors than doctors!

Election Manifesto #2 : Reaping the Demographic Dividend

About 70,000 youth are entering the job market in the next 5 years. Thats almost 10% of the current population in addition to those who are already employed. While it may seem a daunting challenge, it is also a huge opportunity for Bhutan to reap this demographic dividend: capitalizing on the vast number of youth … Continue reading Election Manifesto #2 : Reaping the Demographic Dividend

Election Manifesto #1- Measuring environment is measuring GNH?

Professor Timothy G. Gregoire | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Bhutan’s constitution mandates 60% forest coverage. National statistics currently boasts of achieving over 70%. Most importantly, what makes up for that 70% of forest? Are shrubs included and what is top tree species? In short can we measure the actual number of trees … Continue reading Election Manifesto #1- Measuring environment is measuring GNH?

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