What started as a visit to my daughter’s 24th birthday in Yamanashi, Japan resulted in a whirlwind of a journey in the pursuit of Happiness from the land of the Rising Sun to the far less known Katong district of Singapore to the iconic Petronas twin towers in Malaysia.
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
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!
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
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?
K.P.Oli of the Communist Party of Nepal was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal on 15th February, 2018. Imran Khan of PTI, Pakistan will be sworn in as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan sometime on August 15th, 2018. Dasho Tshering Tobgay and his PDP party will face the polls next month in … Continue reading Elections – South Asia goes to the Polls! (Harvard South Asia Engagement Forum)
We are looking for numbers in this Election? Now that the party conventions are over and we are introduced to all the party candidates and the party slogans, it is time for the parties to share with the people their manifesto and plans of action, hopefully with convincing numbers. I know that numbers are the … Continue reading What we are looking for in this Election?