Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay re­turns af­ter a suc­cess­ful visit to Lux­em­bourg and USA

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lha­zom/ Paro

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

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