PM meets In­dian Com­merce Sec­re­tary and del­e­ga­tion

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay was called on by a del­e­ga­tion led by Mr. Ra­jeev Kher, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary to Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, Depart­ment of Com­merce at the Gya­ly­ong Tshogkhang last Tues­day. Wel­com­ing the del­e­ga­tion, Ly­onch­hen ex­pressed that regular ex­change of high-level vis­its and con­stant in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two coun­tries has al­ways been the hall­mark of Bhutan-In­dia re­la­tions. Ly­onch­hen it­er­ated that Bhutan’s long­stand­ing friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion with the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has been ar­che­typal in dispensing use­ful as­sis­tance to Bhutan’s de­vel­op­men­tal needs since the in­cep­tion of the first five year plan. Ly­onch­hen ac­cred­ited the coun­try’s so­cio-eco­nomic growth par­tic­u­larly in in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, hy­dropower pro­duc­tion and trade to In­dia’s con­tin­ued sup­port. Mr. Kher con­veyed that In­dia ac­corded Bhutan as a dis­tin­guished and re­spectable neigh­bor and said that friend­li­ness be­tween the two coun­tries tran­scended be­yond bound­aries. Mr. Kher said that In­dia could draw many lessons from Bhutan be­cause of its sus­tain­able devel­op­ment frame­work. Mr. Kher also ex­pressed in­ter­ests in de­vel­op­ing IT ser­vices and pro­mot­ing the tourism in­dus­try. Bhutan con­ducts its trade with In­dia un­der the Agree­ment on Trade, Com­merce and Tran­sit signed be­tween the two coun­tries in July 2006.

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