Bhutan-Thai festival ends today
To celebrate the continued friendship, shared common spiritual heritage and growing areas of development cooperation between the two Kingdoms, the first three days Bhutan-Thailand festival was inaugurated on 9 June in Thimphu.
Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck graced the opening ceremony for the first Bhutan-Thailand Festival, held at the Youth Development Fund Multipurpose hall.
During the festival, the exhibitions includes a Tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand – a photo exhibition, Thai private medical hospitals, agricultural products, cultural performances, Thai boxing, traditional cuisines, silk products from the two countries and free medical check-up by doctors from Thailand at the festival venue. The medical check-ups will be conducted for general, cancer, cardio, ENT, dental and medical counseling.
During the festival, agencies from the two kingdoms had also signed Memorandum of Understanding(s) (MoU) in the field of tourism and sports.
With the signing of this MoU between Tourism Authority of Thailand and Tourism Council of Bhutan, the tourism authorities of two countries would be able to share information, exchange expertise and undertake join marketing programs to promote the concept two kingdoms and one destination concept.
His Royal Highness Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck also signed MoU of sports with Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand on behalf of the Bhutan Olympic Committee to enhance cooperation in sports,
During the day, minister for foreign affair, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said that through these festival, two countries would be able to reflect and celebrate on the achievements of the fruitful bilateral and also vision and pave ways for future engagements for mutual benefit and progress.
The minister said that the growing cognizance of the complementary between sufficiency economy philosophy of Thailand and Gross National Happiness of Bhutan has added to understanding the true basis of strong and enduring bilateral relations.
Out of many developmental activities, Lyonpo highlighted the success story on technical cooperation between the two kingdoms which is the One Gewog One Product under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen.
The project continues to receive assistance in developing skills for packaging, product development and marketing from Thai International Cooperation agency, Lyonpo added.
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, General Tanasak Patimapragorn said that the first Bhutan-Thai festival showcase the diversity and depth of the relationship between the two countries which have more beyond areas of cooperation.
Deputy Prime Minister also added that the exhibition will create the complementary in nature of the sufficiency economy philosophy and Bhutan’s own development framework of Gross National Happiness which was formulated by the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
“Health care engagement is another available cooperation between the two countries.”
For the last two decades, Thailand’s ministry of public health and moreover by the medical unit with fully equipped teams of doctors treated ENT (ears, nose and throat) patients in the country. Deputy Prime Minister said that, “I am certain that this scheme will bring many benefits to the people of Bhutan.”
The three days festival opens to public and will end today. The public can visit the exhibition stalls and avail themselves of the free medical check-up at the festival venue.
Bhutan and Thailand established formal diplomatic relations in 1989, and relations have continued to gain strength due to the remarkable relations between the Royal Families, governments, and peoples, as well as the numerous areas of cooperation, between the two countries.
Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the opening ceremony for the first Bhutan-Thailand Festival, held at the Youth Development Fund Multipurpose hall, Friday