For­mer banker to re-con­test NC from Zhem­gang

Business Bhutan - - Elections 2018 - Pema Sel­don from Thim­phu

Los­ing in the last Na­tional Coun­cil (NC) elec­tions has only fu­elled for­mer banker Dorji Cheten’s dream to re-con­test in the up­com­ing one.

The 38-year-old is from Pan­tang vil­lage un­der Phangkhar Ge­wog, Pan­bang Dungkhag in Zhem­gang. He has a Bach­e­lors in Com­merce from Sherubtse Col­lege and a Masters in in­ter­na­tional eco­nomics and fi­nance from Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity in Bangkok, Thai­land.

Since his child­hood, he har­bored the dream of serv­ing his par­ents, com­mu­nity and coun­try. His am­a­teur thoughts only deep­ened as he ob­tained higher ed­u­ca­tion and gained pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This is why it was very easy for me to quit my job in 2013 and pur­sue my child­hood as­pi­ra­tions. I strongly be­lieve we all have a larger pur­pose in life than just mak­ing a liv­ing and name,” said Dorji Cheten.

He added that by con­test­ing in the coun­cil elec­tions, he would be an­swer­ing the larger call of the na­tion.

He re­signed from his po­si­tion as the Branch Man­ager of Bhutan Na­tional Bank, Gele­phu in 2013 to pur­sue his call­ing as he calls it.

He be­lieves that the NC has an im­por­tant role as the house of the re­view of the par­lia­ment and wants to con­trib­ute to­ward strength­en­ing it.

“I am aware of lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues. I have been part of the prob­lems but now I want to be part of longterm so­lu­tions,” he said.

With his ex­per­tise in eco­nomics, bank­ing, fi­nance and busi­ness, he is con­fi­dent that be­sides as­sum­ing the role of a NC mem­ber of par­lia­ment, he can also help de­velop Zhem­gang’s lo­cal econ­omy.

Dorji Cheten fore­sees im­mense po­ten­tial for agro-based in­dus­tries and eco-tourism in Zhem­gang.

“I can just en­vi­sion Zhem­gang aban­don­ing its poverty stricken state mak­ing it to the top three dzongkhags in terms of an­nual mone­tary in­come and bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion in the next few years,” he said.

If elected, he would also strive to pro­mote val­ue­based democ­racy on the prin­ci­ples of Tha-Damtse.

Dorji Cheten is de­ter­mined to make a life­long com­mit­ment to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum through pro­mot­ing so­cial unity and cit­i­zens’ rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

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