Lyonchhen Tshering Tobay on visit to USA
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay left for United States of America yesterday on 9-day visit to raise awareness for the ‘Bhutan for Life’ initiative. The delegation includes senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
‘Bhutan for Life’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and is a Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) mechanism to provide sustained flow of funds for the conservation and sustainable management of Bhutan’s protected areas and biological corridors, including the enhancement of sustainable economic opportunities and livelihood security for communities residing in parks. It aims to mobilize, in one single agreement, all governmental, financial and other commitments required developing and maintaining Bhutan’s protected area system over the long term. Given the immense potential of the protected areas to contribute to sustainable development of Bhutan, it is an opportune moment for the Royal Government to pursue this initiative and further consolidate the conservation legacy and achievements of Bhutan globally.
The Prime Minister will be meeting potential partners and institutions for the Bhutan for Life initiative through events being hosted in New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C. During the visit, the Hon’ble Prime Minister will be meeting with the President of the World Bank - Dr.Jim Yong Kim and officials of Bhutan’s long standing conservation partner – WWF.