Virtual Zomdu launched at the National Assembly
The National Assembly of Bhutan launched the Virtual Zomdu or video conferencing at the Gyelyong Tshokhang on 19th August 2015. The occasion was graced by the Speaker Jigme Zangpo and UN Resident Representative in Bhutan, Ms. Christina Carlson. Also present at the occasion were Members of Parliament, Local Government Leaders of Thimphu Dzongkhag, media, officials and other stakeholders. In his statement during the launch, the Speaker said that the Virtual Zomdu is aimed at boosting the communication linkages between the Members of Parliament and their constituents. He also informed that as of now 41 community centers across the country were connected with virtual zomdu equipments and the remaining six centers would also be connected soon. “Virtual zomdu will enhance the dissemination of parliamentary information to the people” highlighted the Speaker. The UN Resident Representative mentioned that the launch of virtual zomdu was a testimony of the continuing partnership between the UNDP and the National Assembly of Bhutan. She observed that the launch of virtual zomdu has drawn overwhelming commitments from the stakeholders and expressed hopes that it would enhance the outreach capacity of the National Assembly. Following the launch, the Members of Parliament interacted with people and local leaders in some of the constituencies. The Virtual Zomdu is funded by the UNDP which was prototyped during July and August 2014.