PDP introduce three more candidates
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) introduced three more candidates from the private sector background at the party office yesterday. Senior BCCI official, banker, and businessman join PDP’s 2018 team.
The candidates include former deputy secretary general of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Kezang Wangdi for KhamdangRamjar constituency in Trashiyangtse, former branch manager of Bhutan Development Bank Limited, Phuntsho Dendup for Nubi-Tangsibjee constituency in Trongsa, and hotelier and businessman, Kuenzang Thinley for ChhokhorTang constituency in Bumthang.
The party president Dasho Tshering Tobgay said the candidates bring along rich experiences in private and banking sector and business, making PDP’s team even more diverse. “As formidable youth leaders, they balance the experience of other candidates,” said the president.
The president also added that with their vast experiences in private sector development will not only benefits to the party but it will also benefit the public at large.
Kezang Wangdi 50 years old said that he would make the best use of his 24-year experience in the private sector in formulating policies that will further drive private sector growth.
“The PDP government has prioritized private sector development through rural enterprise development, cottage and small industries, foreign direct investments etc., and we are all witness to how many these initiatives have directly benefited our economy and particularly our people,” said Kezang Wangdi.
He served as the regional secretary of BCCI Regional Office in Phuentsholing and as a secretary of Private Sector Development Committee. He also served as Board Director of Bhutan Argo Industry Ltd., Druk PNB Bank Ltd., Druk Ferro Alloys Ltd., Accounting and Auditing Standard Board of Bhutan and Royal Institute of Management.
In addition, he also served as interim governing board member of Bhutan Red Cross Society (Queen’s Project) and member of Royal Monetary Authority’s Drafting Committee for rules and regulations for Fund Management Company and Reinsurance Company. He also served as project manager of GPP Bhutan, EU Project, SEID Bhutan, and EU Project and as focal point for SAARC TPN Bhutan.
He has a Master in Business Administration (International Business) from University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Thailand.
After completing his college education, Kuenzang Thinley, also known as Kaila Kuenzang took over his family business and since then has been managing it. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (specialized in marketing) from Bangalore University, India. He was also PDP’s candidate in 2013.
Kuenzang Thinley 34 years old said that “I joined politics in 2013 to serve the country better and in a meaningful way. And I am back as PDP’s candidate so that I can win the trust and confidence of the people this time.”
“PDP has done a great deal in the past five years, fulfilling almost all its ambitious pledges and I am confident we can achieve more in the next five years and beyond.”
He will be contesting against political bulwarks like Opposition Leader, Dr. Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) in his constituency. However, he said election is about offering competitive choices to the people.” “As a young candidate, I have the energy, drive and commitment to make a difference in my community and politics is a step toward a much bigger cause, to offer my service to the nation,” he said.
Another candidate, 33 years old Phuntsho Dendup started his career as Administrative Officer at Bhutan Polythene Company Limited and he later worked as project officer of Bhutan Development Bank Limited for the western region. He then served as Assistant Branch Manager and Branch Manager of Bhutan Development Bank Limited, Trongsa.
He said he joined PDP because he strongly believes that PDP is a political party that has promised and delivered and that he was inspired by PDP’s commitment to serving the people. “As a young candidate, I would like to represent the voice of the youth and young men and women in our country and contribute positively to nation building,” he said.
He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with specialization in finance from Gaeddu College of Business Studies.
All the three candidates have vast experience in private sector, financial sector and business, which would bring valuable perspectives on private sector development and issues related to financial institutions and businesses in the country.
PDP General Secretary Sonam Jatso said that “The candidates also bring along with them youthful dynamism and energy.” “Their experience, qualifications, and leadership abilities have further strengthened our team, as we prepare for the 2018 elections.”
The PDP believes that strong and dynamic leaders are not only necessary but also vital in the democratic process, said the General Secretary. “And to this end, the party has made conscientious effort in picking the most capable candidates so that the people of Bhutan have a diversity of leaders to choose from.”
As the three candidates begin a new chapter in their career, the PDP is confident that they will continue to contribute to the process of nation building and strengthening of our democracy, said Sonam Jatso.
With this, PDP has declared 27 new candidates for the 2018 parliamentary elections.
Building a strong team: The President of People’s Democratic Party Dasho Tshering Tobgay along with Kuenzang Thinley, Kezang Wangdi and Phuntsho Dendup