Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay returns after a successful visit to Luxembourg and USA
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay returned to the country last Friday after his official visits to Luxembourg and New York, USA. In a special news briefing at the Paro international airport Lyonchhen shared his experiences while conversing with various leaders and support that Bhutan might or will receive after his visit.
Lyonchhen said that the purpose of his visit to Luxembourg was to see if the two countries could work together on economic developments and areas of support. Luxembourg is a country which is actually smaller in size in comparison to Bhutan but is far more advanced in terms of economy.
Bhutan has submitted three proposals and the first one was to let financial expertise from the country study the potentiality of Bhutan in transforming itself into a financial centre of Asia. Lyonchen mentioned that Luxembourg has 56 satellites around the earth. He said that they agreed to help Bhutan with satellite projects since Bhutan has no such project so far.
Luxembourg is also a place where scouting programmes have a strong ground hold. Lyonchen said that scouting programmes help in many ways since it includes physical education, cultural programmes and creativity. So Bhutan also sought the support of the country in bettering scouting programmes in Bhutan.
The prime minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel was positive about the support that his country could render to Bhutan financially for the next plan.
In New York, Lyonchen attended the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
While addressing the summit, Lyonchen called for the need of reforms in the UN and supported India’s bid for a permanent the seat in the UN Security Council. He also pointed out the similarities that lie in the meaning of sustainable Development goals and that of Gross National Happiness. Sustainable development means development with values. The United Nations have been so helpful to the small countries and that it would continue to do so.
In USA, Lyonchen attended a reception hosted by US President Barrack Obama. When asked if anything official was discussed, Lyonchen said that nothing official was discussed.
When in US, Lyonchen also took part in a forum for landlocked development countries where he met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Prakash Man Singh. It was where Lyonchen called for partnerships to help land locked countries become land linked to global opportunities.
Lyonchen said that irrespective of border ties between Nepal and Bhutan, the Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister agreed to the need in enhancing friendship and ties.
Lyonchen participated in many side events of the summit.
Lyonchhhen Tshering Tobgay and the First Lady during the reception hosted by the President of the United States & Mrs. Obama for Leaders of Delegations to the 70th UN General Assembly on 28th September , 2015