Dasho Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister called on to His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty the Queen Silvia of Sweden
Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay, called on to His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty the Queen Silvia, at Hotel Taj Tashi last Wednesday.
Welcoming their Majesties to Bhutan, Lyonchhen said that it is a great honour to call on to their Majesties.
His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf commended Lyonchhen on the initiatives taken in promoting electric cars in the country for a sustainable transport system. The Swedish delegates also extended their appreciation on the extension of maternity leave from three months to six months.
Lyonchhen shared with their Majesties and the delegates that the government as of now has been able to extend the six month maternity leave to the civil servants and that it is exploring the possibilities of providing the same benefits to all women working in other sectors as well. Lyonchhen also said that the government is working on the possibilities of providing nutrition supplements to children and pregnant women. Lyonchhen added that there is a need to have more women representatives not only in the Parliament but also in other sectors at the highest level.
Her Majesty the Queen Silvia said that “Children’s Right is not just about the question of child labour but more.” Her Majesty has keen interest in Children’s Right and has carried out many initiatives relating to the protection of the right of the children. Lyonchhen shared with their Majesties the initiatives taken by the Royal Government of Bhutan that concerns childcare. “Babies occupy more soft corner with the arrival of our Crown Prince, I see our Crown Prince in every Child,” said Lyonchhen.
Lyonchhen congratulated His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf for providing leadership in conservation efforts and scouting movement. His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf has been the president for since the founding of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Sweden since 1971. Lyonchhen added that His Majesty the King is the patron of the scout association in Bhutan.
The Swedish delegates commended the progress Bhutan has made in terms of democracy and environment conservation. Lyonchhen said that this has all been possible because of the leadership, guidance and the trainings provided by our Monarchs. Asked about the priorities of the government, Lyonchhen apprised their Majesties that the government’s priority is to ensure that its citizens continue to enjoy peace and harmony and that the Five Year Plan is targeted towards achieving self-reliance.
The King and the Queen of Sweden is on a State Visit to Bhutan from 8-11 June 2016.