Bhutan-Thai fes­ti­val ends to­day

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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

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